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A Socktober Treat: The Creme Brulee Socks

The Creme Brulee Socks are now available on Payhip, Etsy, and Ravelry! Here you’ll find links, an easy shopping list, instructions for modifying the heel, and more. Here’s a bonus tutorial on how to turn this sock pattern into a headband.

The Creme Brulee Socks, a pair of caramel-colored socks with eyelet and seed stitch panels, are laid flat on a white marble surface with both toes pointed left. They're surrounded by pink and white roses and a mint-colored teacup.


Here’s where you’ll find the Creme Brulee Socks


Here’s where you’ll find the Creme Brulee Socks.


Here’s where you’ll find the Creme Brulee Socks.

About the Creme Brulee Socks

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit by a pool of at least ten testers.

There are few treats I’ve never been tempted to make for myself at home, but one of them is the elusive crème brûlée. Something about the finicky nature of custard, the little ramekins, and the involvement of a blow torch makes me just a little bit nervous, so I’ve decided to leave this one to the professionals.

But whenever I’m at a restaurant with crème brulee on the menu, well, you know what I’m ordering for dessert.

The warm, golden color and the texture of these socks reminded me of the perfect crispy crust on a crème brûlée. You’ll find that, unlike my favorite scorched treat, these socks aren’t fiddly at all, but instead have a simple four-row pattern repeat that looks much harder than it really is. Both the socks and the dessert, though, are highly satisfying.

A pair of caramel-colored socks with seed stitch and eyelet panels on two feet, angled slightly to the left. The feet are resting on an embroidered pillow and are peeking out from under a white crocheted blanket.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit these socks using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Oink Pigments Targhee Sock in Eye of the Tiger

Chiaogoo US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) short circular needles (affiliate link)

The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)

Creme Brulee Socks Specs and Details

S, M, L
Finished sock dimensions: 7” (18 cm), 8” (20 cm), 9” (23 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Oink Pigments Targhee Sock, Heavy Fingering Weight, 100 g/400 yds, 90% USA Superwash Targhee/10% Nylon, 3-ply

4” (10 cm) square = 34 stitches x 41 rows in stockinette

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Techniques: wrapless short rows (tutorial included), increases, decreases, knitting in the round

A close up on the toes of one of the Creme Brulee Socks, a caramel-colored sock with eyelet and seed stitch panels.

Heel Modification (A Socktober 2022 Addition)

Many knitters find that the short row heel is too shallow for their feet. If you’re one of those knitters, here are instructions for inserting a heel flap and gusset instead.

You’ll work your heel flap using the last 30 (34, 38) stitches of your sock. Work in pattern across the first 30 (34, 38) stitches.

Now begin working your heel flap as follows:

Row 1 (RS): *Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in back, k1, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise with yarn in front, purl to end of row.

Work these two rows until you have 30 (34, 38) rows total, ending on a WS row.

Now it’s time to turn the heel. For each slip stitch in the following instructions, slip your stitch purlwise with yarn held in back (RS rows) or front (WS rows). Follow these steps:

  1. K17 (19, 21), ssk, k1, turn.
  2. Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.
  3. Sl 1, knit to within first st from gap, ssk, k1, turn.
  4. Sl 1, purl to within first st from gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have used up all the stitches in your heel flap, ending on a WS row.

Gusset: Knit half of the heel stitches and place marker. Rounds will now start in the middle of the heel flap. Knit remaining heel stitches, and pick up and knit one stitch in each of the slipped edge stitches along the heel flap. Pick up and knit one additional stitch where heel flap and instep join. Work in established pattern across the instep stitches. Pick up and knit one stitch where instep and heel flap join, and then pick up and knit one stitch in each slipped stitch along the edge of the other side of the heel flap. Work remaining stitches from heel.

Work one round, knitting the sole stitches and working the instep stitches in pattern.

Round 1: Knit to 3 stitches before instep, k2tog, k1, work instep stitches in pattern, k1, ssk, knit to end of round.

Round 2: Work one round, knitting the sole stitches and working the instep stitches in pattern.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until there are 60 (68, 76) stitches total on your needles. Then follow the pattern as written to complete your sock.

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