The Little Summer Lace Socks And The Pattern

NOTE: In the pattern, where I say to disregard row 1, I mean row one (the ‘no stitch’ row) of the charted pattern – I made the chart one row too long. The written pattern is correct as written. Sorry for any confusion! :)

Hello :)

I’ve been working on a little personal challenge – my socks are wearing out (they’re handknit so they are all a few years old) and I needed some more.  The socks I like, however, are little.  Ankle socks.  With lace….lots of lace!  Of course, as it usually is when one has something definite in mind – I couldn’t really find a pattern I liked for it’s style and pattern.

So – I decided to design some.  These are the first and I’ve made the pattern available as a pdf;  The Little Summer Lace Socks

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They fit really nicely since the lace gives them stretch.  The edge sits just below the ankle.

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I designed the lace by modifying an existing pattern, “String of Beads” from the book “Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls” by Martha Waterman.

Enjoy, I know I am :)

If you are interested in my handspun yarn for sale, please have a look at my HandSpunYarn site.

 Have a fantastic day!

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18 thoughts on “The Little Summer Lace Socks And The Pattern

  1. I LOVE the lace pattern and don’t you think they would make beautiful gloves for a bride? Hint. Hint. No, I’m no where near being a bride; just celebrated 26 years of being married. But I would enjoy knitting it as gloves. I am so hard on socks that I’d be afraid of spending that much time and effort on something that wouldn’t last even a year.

  2. These look great and I’ll be making several pair for myself! Thank you so much.

    What program did you use for the charting/chart key? I’ve used Excel and a couple of other things and none of them is quite right. Thanks for the info!

    SongBird

  3. Love that pattern. what ply wool did you use? I have some lovely 2ply that I am dying to knit up, but cant find a pattern to use it on.

    • Thanks :) I used two ply that I spun myself. It was about the same thickness as a light fingering weight….I would go ahead and try the two ply you have IF it’s light enough in weight. Sorry, I didn’t keep track of how much yarn I used but it wasn’t too much, being ankle socks.

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  5. What a lovely pair of sox! This just might be the pair that actually makes me try to do my first pair of sox, thanks kindly for sharing with us!
    Lynn/MI

  6. Very nice pattern… thanks for sharing. I’m working on spinning some yarn that I think will be around a light fingering after plied. I might use that.

    Thanks again!

  7. Hi, I’m a bit confused by how you started the toe…

    “Cast on 8 stitches. Knit into these sts and into the cast on edge to create a round”

    Can you point me in a direction as I don’t know if you mean to kfb (knit front back) or what?

    • Hi – sorry if it isn’t clear :) What I mean is that you cast on 8 sts as you normally would; knit into the eight sts for the first row, as normal; then – knit into the other side of each cast on stitch, like with a provisional cast on, creating a round of 16 sts.

  8. Love this pattern! My daughter just asked me to knit her some stockings for her wedding. Do you think this would work? Would I just keep going up until they are the right length? Also, could I use a silk yarn or cotton yarn? Lots of questions!

    • You definitely could extend the pattern into a knee sock!

      It might take a bit of work to figure out how many increases you would need to work into the pattern. I would measure your daughters leg, beginning at the ankle, centre calf, knee and even thigh (depending how long she would want them) – keeping track of how many inches above the ankle the first measurement is taken and how far apart 2/3 are, etc. I usually draw myself a diagram. Then, work out your exact guage by measuring on the knitted sock foot portion, in the lace section. Work out how many extra sts you need for each measurement (ie..your guage is 12 sts per inch and you need to increase by 1 inch, you would need to increase 12 sts total over the fabric between the first and second measurement), assuming the ankle is the beginning point. Then work out over how many inches you need to increase this number and work out how frequently you will need to increase (ie. a six st increase over 12 rows would be increase one stitch every other row). Figure this out for each section. Now you will have a perfectly individually sized pattern.

      The next thing will be to figure out where and how to knit your increases into the pattern. You could insert them as a triangular pattern at the back of the leg, starting with stocking stitch and then either knitting as lace inside that section or not, or a textured pattern, or another lace (lol – the choice is yours, that’s the joy of it).

      One thing to keep in mind is the stretch of the lace; if possible, have your daughter try on as you so you can make adjustments to your numbers if necessary. Also (since I’ve made this mistake too many times to count) remember to note any changes as you, very clearly, so you can make the same changes when knitting the second sock.

      I think an elastic inserted through the lace at the top of the sock would work to keep them up. For the yarn, I think a silk blend would work really well, maybe even a pure silk though I’m not sure if you’d want to use something with no ‘bounce’ like a pure silk or cotton.

      Let me know how it goes!
      Lisa

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