Editor’s choice: Lilybet Socks by Rachel Coopey
It’s been creeping up on me – the need knit some socks, and I knew just where to look for a pattern! Rachel Coopey is the Queen of Socks and author of the brilliant Coop Knits Socks. These downloadable Lilybet Socks are just the thing for a fun summer knit!
Handknitted socks are a joy for both knitter and recipient! For a small project, these are infinitely satisfying because you do it once, and work out any pitfalls, and then do it again, probably a bit better for the other foot (unless, like some intrepid knitters, you knit them two at a time – but I haven’t braved up yet!)
Rachel says, and she’s quite right, that hand-knitted socks make you feel just a little bit more special. These gorgeous lace socks were inspired by the blossom on fruit trees, and the way the petals fall and float on the breeze as they float down from the trees – what better inspiration could there be? I love the way these have a sweet picot cuff edge, with the lace panel flowing right down the foot – and the combination of that, and a delicious variegated yarn is utterly divine!
The pattern states beginner but I would suggest some sock experience before you attempt a lace pattern in the round on a sock. All steps are very clearly written and there are lace charts to help too – it’s a delight of a pattern, and I would trust my DPNs entirely to Rachel Coopey to take me through the process of knitting socks!
I have two yarn picks for you! The first is Malabrigo Sock (as I often say, if in doubt, Malabrigo! – that’s how much I love this yarn!) Malabrigo yarns are made from local fleece and spun in Uruguay, and then very lovingly hand-dyed into exquisite variegated and semi solid shades. 100% merino wool, super soft but hardwearing, knit on 2.5mm 80cm circular needles or DPNs. These socks come in three sizes, 8″, 9″ and 10″ foot circumference, but you’ll need just one skein of Malabrigo Sock for all sizes.
From left to right, Lotus (120), Light of Love (857) and Velvet Grapes (204).
My next choice is Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply, because of these delicious ice cream pastel shades! If you prefer solid to variegated yarn, this is a wonderfully soft, extra fine merino wool that has been superwash treated.
From left to right, Blush (034), Amber (039) and Willow (036).
Rachel Coopey’s book, Coop Knits Socks, is a treasure trove of sock patterns. Be warned – you’ll love it so much, you’ll never want shop bought socks again!
Happy sock knitting! Don’t forget to share your photos on our brilliant Projects page! We’d love to see them!
Last updated: August 7th, 2015.