We love months that lend themselves to quirky knitting themes, like Finish It February and Me Made May. But our favorite is definitely Socktober, a month where we can obsess over hand knit socks with all abandon. It’s a month to cast on new socks, finish the second sock, or buy more sock yarn for a rainy day. And for the truly enthusiastic holiday revelers, holidays collide in Socktober – it’s a month to cast on your annual pair of Halloween socks.

Today we share four pairs of socks that offer something for everyone: different weight yarns, cables, colorwork, a bit of seriousness, and a bit of whimsy. Whatever you’re in the mood for this month, we’ve got it! Happy Socktober!

“Elaia Socks” by Sari Nordlund

Inspired by Greek olive trees, these DK weight socks feature vertical cables that resemble the gnarled limbs of an olive tree with the cylindrical fruit. Work from the cuff down with a reinforced heel flap, this pair of socks is beautifully textured and incredibly cozy. Chose 273-378 yards of DK weight yarn in a solid color to really make these socks something special.

“Bibz” by Joanna Ignatius

A head turning pair of socks that is created with two contrasting colors of fingering weight yarn. Alternate the colors in rippled stripes, adding pops of bobbled color along some of the stripes. The pattern is written with both toe-up and cuff-down instructions. And if you have left over yarn, there’s a matching hat pattern.

“Pom Pom Slippers” by Au bout du pré

A quick knit when you need something to keep your feet warm or a great gift to give this holiday season, these Pom Pom slippers are worked up with size US 10 needles and bulky weight yarn. The are knit flat, in one piece, and seamed together to give them their slipper shape. Add an optional leather sole or pom pom to make them uniquely yours.

“Socks Behind The Trees” by Martina Kolbabova

“Socks Behind The Trees” might just be the most adorable pair of fall socks that you will never want to take off. These socks are knit from the cuff-down with nine colors of fingering weight yarn to create whimsical foxes, mushrooms, and evergreens. It’s like wearing forests on your feet! Wondering what this motif would look like on a sweater? Check out the designer’s Instagram account where she shows off some amazing color work sweaters!