Infuse your style with the untamed energy of Footloose through our captivating Ren sock pattern. Transport yourself to the era of the 80s as you groove to an unforgettable soundtrack, capturing the essence of kicking off your Sunday shoes, just like Kevin Bacon did!

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Worked in the round, Ren contains both cuff-down and toe-up written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. The pattern has instructions for a peasant heel (afterthought heel using scrap yarn), but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using (links included for alternatives).

The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer (ensure you denote your instep stitches with extra markers – so you don’t miss the placement of the heel or toe shaping).

This pattern is available in our Standard formatting. Low-visibility and screen-reader-accessible versions of this pattern are available with this pattern purchase. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations, and accessibility was checked by the read-aloud function on both a Windows PC and Android device.


Skill Level



Finished Measurements

(Measured around the ball of the foot.)
7.5 [8, 8.5, 9]” / 19 [20.5, 21.5, 23] cm circumference β€” choose a size that will give you 1-1.5” / 2.5-4 cm of negative ease. The finished measurements do not factor in negative ease, these are the actual measurements for the finished item.



Tapestry needle, cable needle, scrap yarn, stitch marker (optional)


Suggested Needles

US1 (2.25 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge


Yarn Requirements

300-500 yds (274-458 m) fingering weight yarn (depending on the length of your foot and leg)


Sample Yarn for Ren

Fibre Goddess – Emma 8-ply
80% SW Merino 20% Nylon
420 yds (388 m) / 4 oz (115 g)
Colorway: All Cheap and Debonair



32 stitches by 40 rounds in stockinette = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.

Additional information



Skill Level




Type of Instructions

Charts, Low Visibilty, Screen Reader Access, Written Directions

Sock Techniques

Afterthought Heel, Cuff-Down, Toe-Up, Wide Toe


Kitchener / Grafting, Worked in the Round

Fabric Characteristics

Cables, Eyelets, Ripple


Digital Download, PDF

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