Tutorial: Lace Socks


I thought I’d share the secret how-to for Penelope’s little lace socks by way of little tutorial. It’s really easy. You’ll find yourself making socks out of everything. Old t-shirts, felted sweaters or stretch lace (like below).

I found this stretch lace at Fashion Fabrics Club, there are lots of different colors and patterns available there. It has an awesome finished edge along the salvage, I decided to take advantage of that. I’m loving these light, summery socks. I plan on making a lot more in the future. I think some really long ones would be great to peep out of my boots in the winter.

Check out the tutorial after the jump. The tutorial also includes a printable sock pattern for women’s size 6-8 socks. I hope you enjoy.

Summery Lace Socks Tutorial


  • stretch lace, jersey or felted wool
  • sock and paper or printed pattern
  • scissors and pins
  • sewing machine
Assemble your supplies. If you don’t have a stretch lace, you could certainly use anything with a fair amount of stretch in it. This would be perfect for recycling old sweaters and t-shirts

Print out the pattern, or lay a sock out, folded in half and stretched straight along the top part of the foot. Trace about 1/2 inch away from the edges.

Fold your fabric right sides together, pin your pattern piece and cut. Be careful not to stretch the fabric as you cut. Align the top of the pattern to the finished edge, you won’t have to do any seam finishing this way.

Pin your sock pieces about every 1 1/2 inch. This helps stabilize the knit and keep it from sliding around as you sew.

Using a zig zag or knit stitch (double needles are great for knits) sew all the way down the long edge. Stop and secure the stitch just before you close the toe (see illustration).

Open up the toe area and align the back seam to the middle of your sock. Sew a curved line on each end, one curving down to the left, the other curving down to the right.

See how you have one sock for each foot? The directional toe seam will give you a better fit. Turn right side out and wear.

OPTIONAL: Use this technique for longer or shorter socks, add length and lace to the top of the sock perfect for wearing with boots. Make socks out of felted wool or cashmere sweaters for a warm winter sock!

Fabric supplied by Fashion Fabrics Club. Connect with FFC on Facebook and Pinterest

This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without the express consent of Melissa Esplin. I love getting shout outs from around the web, but please, link with love. Do not copy this post, publish more than 2 photos or outright steal this idea for commercial publications. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, please email me. Thanks!

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    1. kristin says:

      yay! thank you so much, i was hoping you’d do a tutorial for these.

    2. nikki says:

      love it. seriously do.

    3. CoraD says:

      Soooooooooooooo brilliant, esp the idea of making them out of old sweaters. And, as a non-crafter, I totally think I could do this.

    4. Adore this! Perfect idea to use up the knit scraps for my little girls. Hoping to try this out soon.

    5. ira lee says:

      thats really cute! ive been so excited for the grunge-y ness coming back to shops like urban outfitters and free people. one great look is long or shorts skirts with boots and tall socks! so maybe, just maybe i could find something to try this out with!!!

    6. Haylee says:

      Oh my goodness gracious, these are adorable. I’m definitely putting these one the top of my Pinterest “to do” list. Thanks so much for the tutorial!
      By the way, I found your blog via your business cards at one of the shops at the Riverwoods mall in Provo and I LOVED those too. I love the thicker paper you used. I’m keeping it for inspiration just in case I open up my own shop one day.
      ALSO, one more thing and then I promise this pointless comment will be through. My mom’s maiden name is Esplin, so I think it would be pretty cool if we were related. Wishful thinking but hey, you never know!

    7. sabrina says:

      How’s the seam on the bottom of your foot? I think I could handle it, but my super sensitive sock-girls, I’m not so sure. I wonder if you could trace the sock in a way to put the seam on the side?

    8. Melissa says:

      @Sabrina –

      I don’t notice it at all. The lace is a thin enough material, that I don’t notice it. And I’m very picky about socks. VERY.

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