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Protect Your Floors: A FREE Chair-Leg Sock Pattern + Tutorial

Do chair legs sometimes leave scuff marks on your hardwood floors? There’s an easy solution: chair-leg socks!

Knitting a chair-leg sock free patternChair-leg socks are like little booties for your chair. Slip them onto chair legs and you’ll be able to more easily move the chair around on the floor without worrying about scratches. Chair-leg socks make great additions to decor, too. Brighten up a blah room with a brightly-colored sock or match the colors to the room’s decor.

Use scrap yarn to knit up chair-leg socks, then slip them onto the legs of your chairs for scratch-free floors — and for a little pop of color in the room!

Skills you’ll need

  • Knitting in the round
  • K1, P1 rib
  • Decreasing (K2tog)

Note: The rib of the chair-leg socks offers some stretch so that the socks will fit a variety of chair legs. These instructions are written for a chair leg that’s approximately 5 1/2″ in circumference. However, if your chair leg is a lot larger or smaller, you may need to adjust the number of stitches to fit.

Materials

  • Scraps of worsted-weight (or lighter weight) yarn
  • Set of 4 U.S. size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles OR needles to match the gauge of your scrap yarn
  • Yarn needle

A note about the yarn

You could use any weight of yarn you’d like, but I find that bulky yarn creates stitches that are a bit too large for the chair legs. Even with the sock on the leg, the leg can slip through one of those chunky stitches and scratch the floor. I’d suggest sticking with nothing heavier than a worsted weight yarn.

You probably won’t want to use your fancier yarns for this project. The socks will eventually wear out, and you don’t want to have to toss gorgeous cashmere or silk in the garbage just because it gets holes from dragging it across the floor so much. Save the fancier yarn for projects that require less durability, like luxurious accessories.

Chair-Leg Socks

Cast on 24 sts. Join into the round, being careful not to twist the sts.

Round 1: *K1, P1; repeat from * around.

Repeat this round until your chair-leg sock is the desired length. My sock is 3″ long, but you can make yours longer or shorter depending on your decor preference.

Chair leg sock

Increase rows

Next round: *K4, K2tog; repeat from * around–20 sts.

Next round: *K3, K2tog; repeat from * around–16 sts.

Next round: *K2, K2tog; repeat from * around–12 sts.

Next round: *K1, K2tog; repeat from * around–8 sts.

Next round: *K2tog; repeat from * around–4 sts.

Chair leg sock decreases

Cut the yarn, leaving a 6″ tail. Thread the yarn needle with the tail, then thread the needle through the remaining sts.

Chair leg sock finishing

 

Pull tightly to close up the bottom of the sock. Secure all the loose ends.

Chair leg sock with yarn needle

Maintenance

Be warned: chair-leg socks will eventually wear out depending on how much you drag the chair around. Check the bottom of the sock for holes every few weeks. If your sock has holes, it will become a chair legwarmer, rendering itself useless for preventing scratches!

You may be able to repair some holes temporarily, but know that frequently used chair-leg socks definitely won’t last forever.

Another way to make your chair-leg socks last longer is to knit them with wool, then felt them. If you’re not familiar with felting wool, you can get an overview of the felting process here.

Have you ever knitted chair-leg socks? We’d love to know how yours turned out and if you have any tips for materials and sizing.

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15 Comments

Michelle M

Any thoughts on how many stitches to start with for a felted version? We have worn through the plastic disks that you attach to the chair bottoms, so I think I would to start right off with the felted ones!

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Marylouise

Since you are doing a k2tog, shouldn’t that be a ‘decrease row’ instead of an “increase” row?

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Christa Smith

Try a gauge swatch using three times the stitches you normally would and wash as per felting instructions. That should give you a pretty good idea about how your yarn is going to felt up.

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Martie

This is genius!!

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Linda

I made a set in crochet for a friend who just put down a beautiful, expensive wooden floor … They own a carpet/flooring store. They thanked me but said any fiber other than wool will scratch your floors.

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Protect Wooden Floors with Chair-Leg Socks!

[…] Wooden floors can get marked and scarred easily by just scooting a chair back. No more! Using your knitting skills and K1, P1 rib, you can make colorful socks for your chair legs that will protect the floor from an errant scoot. They make for great housewarming gifts for family and friends. Get the full tutorial here:: Protect Your Floors: A FREE Chair-Leg Sock Pattern + Tutorial […]

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Hazel M. Kennedy

Thanks for the tutorial!

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Mable Somerville

I would like the pattern forChair-Leg Knitted Boot Socks

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Florence dale

Knit pattern for chair socks

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Charlie

You can find Seedcare furniture socks on ETSY or Amazon which have lots patterns.

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Mary

These are terrific. I have made dozens for family and friends. In some I have put a stripe of colour and called them “athletic socks”. Very pleased to have this pattern.

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Cindy

I love these knitted socks for chairs but wouldn’t it be fun to cover the whole chair with knitted fabric? It would look like a folk art piece. Cindy

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VH

Google “yarn bomb a chair.” It’s fun!

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Becca

(You should change your INCREASE ROWS section to say DECREASE because you’re making the project smaller and are loosing stitches therefore decrease 🙂 )

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