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
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!
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!