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Bad Name Socks

from Karen Whooley
(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Bad Name Socks
Bad Name Socks
Bad Name Socks
Bad Name Socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Crochet in the round
  • Post Stitches

Pattern Description:

Bon Jovi is my ALL TIME FAVORITE band. Bar none! I remember the first time I heard Bon Jovi on the radio... It was late 1983 and KMEL radio out of San Francisco was a rock station back then. (Who else remembers the inflatable camel they had at events?) I was driving the carpool to school one day in my 1966 Ford Mustang and the DJ announced a new song they were going to play from a boy band from New Jersey. Runaway was that song, and to the rest of the carpool's dismay I fell in love right then.

29 years later, they are still my favorite band. I can truly say that I have grown up with Bon Jovi. Each album they produce seems to always fit my life at the time they release it. Of course, I am a true fan and will always tell you that I love them all, but unlike most Bon Jovi fans, Jon Bon Jovi is not my favorite member of the band! David Bryan, the keyboard player is... and he has been since 1983-84. In 2008, I got to meet David Bryan in person and have my photo taken with him! A longtime dream finally fulfilled!

The Bad Name socks were designed with the lyrics of You Give Love a Bad Name (Slippery When Wet album) in mind. The color comes directly from "blood red nails on your fingertips" in the lyrics. The knee high style of socks with the cable running up the back give you that sexy look the song imparts.

For more information about Bon Jovi, visit their website at


20 Esc=4 inches

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small fits foot circumference up to 8.5." Medium fits foot circumference up to 9.5." Large fits foot circumference up to 10.5."


  • Size D (3.25 mm) and Size E (3.5 mm) Crochet Hooks or size needed for gauge Yarn Needle Stitch Markers

Suggested yarn:

437 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Black Trillium Merillion


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About the designer

Karen Ratto Whooley is a Washington State-based knitwear designer. Her work has been published in various print and online publications including Interweave Crochet, Crochet Magazine and Inside ...

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