Mar 27, 2010

Easily adjustable lace panel socks - a free pattern

by Prague Loop

This is a simple lace sock design. The sock features a lace panel worked over 20 stitches and the rest is knit in stockinette so the sock can be easily adjusted for different sizes and yarns.
The design was made by a newer knitter for newer knitters (or people who want to make something simple) and designed to be a quick knit. It features just 3 lace rows.

The pattern is both charted and worded.

All even numbered rows are knit. The lace is formed in odd rows and features basic stitches. It forms a panel over 20 st. The panel is positioned in the centre of the sock but you can put it anywhere, or make the sock entirely in the lace pattern. Also the panel can be used for pretty much anything elongated from fingerless mittens to scarves.

The construction is from the top down, heel is short rows. You can easily use the lace panel for any toe-up socks you want, also you can make your favourite heel and toe.

Credit where credit's due: the little “pillars” on the sides are inspired by BonBons, a free fingerless mitten pattern by Art Qualia available at

2.5 mm double point needles, or size needed to obtain a nice knit or gauge.
1x 100 g ball of sock yarn (fingering weight), or any yarn you want to make your socks with!
(if worked as follows, these socks need 58 grams of yarn, i.e. just over a half of the ball)
thick needle

Gauge: 7 stitches and 10 rows in 1 inch in stockinette stitch

st: stitch
k: knit
p: purl
yo: yarn over
sl: slip stitch purlwise, yarn on the back
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
k2tbl: knit 2 stitches together through back loop

Lace panel pattern:
round 1 and every odd numbered round:: k
round 2: p1, sl1, k2, pass slipped st over k2, p1, k2, k2tog, yo, p2, yo, k2tbl, k2, p1,  sl1, k2, pass slipped st over k2,p1
round 4: p1, k1, yo, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tbl, k1, p1, k1, yo, k1, p1
round 6: p1, k3, p1 k2tog, yo, k6, yo, k2tbl, p1, k3, p1

How to make them:
Cast on 60 st, arrange on 3 needles.
round 1: p8, k2 to the end of row
rounds 2 and 3: p8, sl 2 to the end of row
round 4: k
This will make a cuff with a rolled appearance.
You can make any other cuff you like - ribbed for a better elasticity, or fancy edges for a more girly appearance.
Work lace panel pattern over 20 st, work the rest in stockinette stitch (i.e. always knit). Work until the item measures 4.5 inches or to desired length.
Work the heel opposite the panel. Using the short row heel method, work a heel over 30 st (or the half of your st), decreasing to 15 st and then increasing back to 30 st. With 60 st, it means working one row of the lace panel pattern, knitting 5 and then starting heel. You can make any other heel you like.
If you are not familiar with the short row heel technique, google "short row heel tutorial" - there are plenty on the internet.
Work lace panel pattern over 20 st, work the rest in stockinette stitch (i.e. always knit). Work until desired length, stop about at the base of your fingers.
You will be decreasing on the sides of the toe. There are 4 decreases in every other row worked as follows:
Work in stockinette st, i.e. always knit.
On the sides of the toe, find the central 2 stitches, and decrease around them in this manner: k2 tbl, k2, k2tog. This will be made in every other row. You keep the central 2 stitches intact and form the decreases around these which creates a nice neat appearance.
Decrease to 28 st (or to about half of your stitches - try the sock on to see if it fits and adjust accordingly).
Break yarn. With a thick needle, pull the yarn through remaining stitches.
You can make any other toe you like.
Weave in ends. Make the other sock. Wear it proudly or give to a friend.

This is a free pattern and you are welcome to do anything with it.
Prague Loop, March 27, 2010

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