Exciting news! I’ve officially released my first knitting pattern! I’ve been creating my own patterns for a while now, but until now I’ve either kept them to myself or only shared them with my in-person students. But now, I’m finally confident enough in my work to start sharing things more widely. To start, I’m releasing this Lace Sock Knitting Pattern that I’m calling my Fern Socks.

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What is the Fern Lace Sock Knitting Pattern?

This is a pattern for top-down hand knit socks with a reinforced heel flap, round heel, and a round toe. The finished sock has a dainty lace pattern that is sometimes called “wave” or “fan” in stitch pattern books, but that I think of as the leafs of a fern.

The pattern is sized for small (7.5” – 9”), medium (9.0”-10.5”), and large (10.5”-11.5”) feet.

A pair of lace socks on sock blockers surrounded by assorted knitting tools.

What Skills do I Need to Knit the Fern Lace Socks?

This pattern assumes that you understand basic top-down sock construction. If you’re a confident knitter who’s never made socks before and knows how to use YouTube tutorials when you get stuck, you should be just fine. If you’re a brand new knitter, I’d recommend having at least one finished project that involved some shaping (like a hat or simple sweater) before trying to knit any kind of socks.

You don’t, however, need any previous lace knitting skills to knit this pattern. The lace pattern is created using a surprisingly simple combination of stitches. You’ll need to know how to knit two together, slip-slip-knit, and do a yarn over. The pattern is easily memorized after a few rounds and repeats all the way down the leg and instep. The pattern also requires you to knit a top cuff using 1×1 ribbing and has large areas of stockinette on the sole.

It also would be helpful to be comfortable using double pointed needles (DPNs) or to know the magic loop method. Socks naturally have a small circumference and are knit in the round, so you’ll need to choose a knitting technique that works for that.

What Tools and Supplies Do I Need to Knit These Socks?

The pattern listing goes into all the details, but the main thing you’ll need is one skein of fingering weight yarn. For my first sample, I used one 400-yard (100 gram) skein of Emma’s Yarn Super Silky in the color Mine Ya Business. That was enough for two full socks in size small, with plenty leMover. This is a lovely two ply 80% Merino Wool, 20% Silk blend. This specific colorway looks purple from a distance, and up-close is a lovely mix of greys, magentas, and blues. This yarn is a li0le more textured and shinier than a typical wool or wool/nylon blend. It also has less loM or squish than typical fingering weight sock yarn. However, as long as you can get gauge, there’s no reason any fingering weight yarn won’t work here.

I also completed a second sample in Black Sheep Dyeworks 4 ply superwash, a standard fingering weight sock yarn and found the pattern needed no adjustments.

Lace patterns usually look better in solid or gently variegated yarns. High contrast and multicolored yarns tend to distract from the pattern. However, they’re your socks, so pick whatever color makes you happy!

I used double pointed needles in a US size 1 (2.25mm). I used 7″ long bamboo needles when I made the first sample of this project, but have since switched to 5″ long needles. You can also use circular needles if you prefer to use the magic loop method.

Where Can I Buy the Fern Lace Sock Knitting Pattern?

Currently, the pattern for the Fern Lace Sock is available in my Etsy store and on Ravelry. I’m offering it as an instant PDF download for 7$.


Have you tried the Fern Lace Sock Knitting Pattern? Let me know in the comments below or over on Instagram!

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