In the midst of all of my adventures lately, knitting and otherwise, I’ve just designed a new toddler sock: Lacy Lil Socks
These were a seat-of-the-pants kind of thing that seemed perfect to use up the partial skeins I had of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in the limited edition colorway “Clara’s Garden”. I wanted something to match her princess loving feminine side, and lace cuffs seemed just the thing. She insisted on wearing her fanciest dress and her “heels” when I asked her if I could take her picture. She is already a little fashion dictator, but check out how happy and cute she was:
The fun thing about toddler size feet is that you don’t need a ton of yarn. These only took about two-thirds of a 2 oz skein of sock yarn, and they even have a fold over cuff! I went toe-up and used a short-row heel, and the resulting “holes” actually blend nicely with the lace work on the cuff. The cuff is created with a simple two-row lace pattern that I simply flared a little for a gentle wave at the cuff.
I have really come to love lace socks for hand-dyed yarn because the varied rows seem to mix up the yarn and lessen stripes and pooling to some extent. Of course, I love the neat little stripes on the foot as well – accidentally perfect! The final yarn selection will most likely be from the wonderful hand dyed yarns at Tucker Woods Artisan Yarns & Fibers, taking advantage of her adorable mini cakes of “BB Toes” called “BB Cakes”.
I am really happy with this design, not only the finished socks, but also the fact that it went so smoothly. I have to thank Cat Bordhi again for her excellent information on fit and sizing. With that information at hand, I really just started and knit right through – and they fit perfectly! I didn’t really use her techniques on this one, but the general guidance and inspiration from her book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, is invaluable.
This is the first of 6 new “Toddler Toes” designs I’m working on, so stay tuned for more designs, calls for testing, and of course the final published pattern book!