Funky Grandpa Socks by Mindy Abodeely

Funky Grandpa Socks

October 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
in ribbing
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
One Size
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You get two patterns! One for top-down on dpns and another for Magic Loop, toe up, two-at-a-time!!

I recently made Rililie’s Funky Grandpa Sweater and absolutely loved it! I highly recommend that you make the sweater. The Funky Grandpa Sweater is one of those designs you just can’t pass up.

Upon finishing my sweater I had yarn left over and wanted to do something creative with it. After seeing knitters post project photos of my “Pizzazz Socks” pattern, using two different color yarns, I knew exactly what I would do! Thus, these “Funky Grandpa Socks” were born!


  • Written for two different sock making methods!!
    • Top down on 5 dpns
    • Magic Loop, toe up, two-at-a-time on 40” circulars
  • Increases made by increasing needle size to avoid disrupting the ribbing pattern


  • 3 colors
  • Color A (main color pictured in grey): 400 yds (if making knee-high, only 250 if making mid-calf size)
  • Color B (toe and heel pictured in teal): 75 yds
  • Color C (variegated stripes): 75 yds


- 5 2.25mm/US size 1 dpns
- 5 2.5mm/US size 1.5 dpns
- 5 2.75mm/US size 2 dpns

Magic Loop, toe up, two-at-a-time
- 2.25mm/US size 1 40” circular needle
- 2.5mm/US size 1.5 40” circular needle
- 2.75mm/US size 2 40” circular needle


  • One size fits all, though an experienced sock knitter could easily adapt the pattern as needed.


  • 36 sts and 40 rows over 4 inches

Other Materials

  • Large eye sewing needle (to weave in ends)

Other information

I’ve provided direct links to Heidi Bear’s fabulous Magic Loop, toe up, two-at-a-time, sock photo tutorials. She does a great job giving step-by-step instruction. She also helps you to understand how the stitches shape the sock.