Friday, June 1, 2012

Ruffled Socks for Mims

I have a love/hate relationship with socks.  I love their cushion-y softness, and their ability to keep my sneakers from getting too stinky.  I hate that they make my feet slippery when I'm not wearing shoes, and that society frowns upon those of us who enjoy free-range sock wearing, you know, without the constraints of actually matching them... So, mostly I wear flip flops. I have an impressive strap tan-line

Mims has inherited my dislike of foot coverings, and so she only wears shoes and socks for the absolute minimum of time required.  She removes her shoes and socks in the car trip to the supermarket, just to have to put them back on when we arrive (total time in car: 3 minutes).  She wears Uggs a lot.  It's just easier.

But this Crocheting Dynamo is refusing to be deterred by the fact that Mims loses more socks than she even owns (you have to know that occasionally her dad will put my socks on her accidentally). I wanted to make fancy ruffle socks for my girly-girl!  When you expect them to be single use socks, it's less heartbreaking when you never see them again...

I bought a giant bag of socks from Target and grabbed my sharp crochet hook and some crochet thread in various weights.  To my surprise, the knit fabric of the sock was really easy to snag with the sharp hook, but a plain size D hook worked like a charm.  I pulled the knit apart slightly, and was able to make smooth even stitches without any extra effort.  I used about 60 stitches to go around the sock when I was working with the size 3 crochet thread.  The size 10 crochet thread needed about 90 stitches to go all the way around.  (The single crochet band of pink was size 10 crochet thread, the white and turquoise were size 3 crochet thread)

If you'd like to make a pair of ruffled socks for your girly-girl, I used a really simple shell pattern that I think looks great, but isn't so much work that I will be heartbroken when I can only find one of them in the dryer.


Ruffle Sock Edging:
Use a size D crochet hook with size 3 crochet thread
Use a size 8 steel crochet hook with size 10 crochet thread

R1: sc around edge of sock, aiming for a multiple of 14 stitches.  You can fudge this a little, so don't worry about it too much. Just get close. Sl st the round closed.
R2: ch 1, sc in same space, *skip 3 stitches, 7 trc, skip 3 stitches, sc, skip 2 st, 5 dc, skip 2 st, sc* around to create the shell border.  Sl st the round closed.  Fasten off. Weave in ends.


  1. Gosh... these are great, wish I would have known how to make these when Kaitlyn was little. We used to buy her similar socks for like 7 or 8 bucks a pair and that was like 10 years ago. :)

    1. I know, right? I saw some at Target today for $5 a pair. They are so cute, but so pricey! Or maybe I'm cheap because I can make them myself? LOL!!!

  2. When crocheting the edge - will the sock loose it's 'stretchiness"- making it hard to slip on?


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