Sock Label Tutorial

4 Apr

Cusp by Cookie A features a lace detail that swoops down and around the foot.

My aunt received her Easter socks in the mail today, so I can finally post photos! I present Cusp by designer Cookie A from her book Knit. Sock. Love.

I sent these socks off with their own special label, which has become my preferred method for gifting socks. I think it adds something special to the presentation. (It’s also a great way to include the fiber content and washing instructions.)

You can display a lot of information on a sock label, including washing/drying instructions.

I knew that my aunt would love her socks any way I sent them, but doesn’t the label just add that something special? I’ve used a label once before – for my mom’s Christmas socks – and I’ve received a lot of comments and questions about them.

I originally got the idea for a sock label from the Knitmore Girls blog (which I’m not linking to because I don’t care for it). I thought the idea was good, but the label example on their site was a bit bland, so I decided to spice things up with my own take on it.

I think it’s important to convey something about the socks or the occasion with your label, and include special images or information, as well as anything helpful for the recipient, like the name of the sock and how to care for them.

The only thing you need to design your own sock label is a word-processing program like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages (which I use). You can use your own images or find pictures and art online.

Print your labels on cardstock paper to give them a professional feel and maintain their structure. I use a large paper cutter to trim mine down to size, but if you have a steady hand you can use scissors.

To create your own sock label based on my examples, you can download the template here.This is a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, which you should be able to open in a number of computer programs.

Play around with the design, line styles, images and layout of the label. This template is only meant to serve as a guide for people who have asked how I create mine.

I hope you have fun creating your own sock labels! Knitters are creative people, and this simple project is a great way to add character to gift socks.

Project Details

Coral Cusp Socks

Pattern: Cusp by Cookie A, Knit. Sock. Love.

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Saucon Sock, 430 yds, 44% cotton / 43% acrylic / 13% nylon, colorway: Coral

Needles: US 1

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4 Responses to “Sock Label Tutorial”

  1. whoopscareless 04/05/2012 at 2:12 AM #

    Ooh, the label is a really neat idea. I’ve always kinda mumbled any washing instructions, so I’ll definitely use this in future! Thanks!

  2. Robin Content 04/05/2012 at 5:16 AM #

    Oustanding and awesome. I’ve been enclosing 4×6 cards with a greeting and care instructions for some time. See my blog post: http://knittingfootnotes.blogspot.com/2011/08/give-gift-of-care-instructions.html
    However, your approach is truly professional and I can’t wait to try it. This should get the recipient’s attention. Thanks for a great contribution to sock knitting culture!

  3. Dawn laverty 09/24/2013 at 3:47 AM #

    Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial.
    I’m sure my husband will have great fun designing a few for me! X

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