I live in Texas and our weather really makes this flip flop country. That said, I still do wear shoes and socks at times and I like to wear anklets. So I wanted to design a nice ankle sock suitable for warmer weather.
Enter the Summer Lace Anklet Socks pattern.
The right yarn
I apologize for my white legs. I should probably be knitting more outside, but I digress. Most of the socks I make are knit in a wool and nylon blend. Wool may be great for wicking away moisture, but it is really too warm for a good part of our year. Another issue is finding yarn that works really well in summer. 100% cotton will get very soggy with sweat and also loses it’s shape. Thus it’s not a great choice for socks. Silk has wonderful thermal properties but even with nylon added, is probably not durable enough for socks.
On a trip to my local yarn store, Gauge, I found something new to me – Cobasi by HiKoo. You can find it online at many fine stores but it is also on Amazon. This yarn is 50 grams of yumminess comprised of 55% cotton, 16% bamboo, 8% silk (for a touch of sheen) and 21% elastic nylon. This color is #014 – Framboise. Did I mention this yarn is also machine washable?
1 skein was enough for my size 7 1/2 feet and I predict you can knit up to a size 9 before breaking open a second skein. This makes this pair easy on the budget as Cobasi is only $8 a skein (and ships free via Amazon).
Here is what the yarn, in the Summer Lace stitch, looks like up close.
This pattern is knit top down, on double pointed needles. If you prefer magic loop, it should work that way too but the instructions are written for DPNs. The Summer Lace stitch is a fairly easy, 2 row stitch. I opted for a picot edge on the cuff to add more femininity to the design and a simple, stockinette stitch heel so it wouldn’t be bulky. Design features also include a provisional cast on (to create the picot edge cuff) and the Kitchener stitch to close the toe. I used size 1 needles.
Here’s a side view of the finished sock.
There you have it! My first ankle sock design created especially for summer! The yarn is very stretchy and comfortable. I can absolutely see more Cobasi socks and sweaters in my future. Do you knit socks for warmer weather?
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