A new beautiful sock design from Jackie E-S, designed with a wonderful sprinkling of beads to enhance and delight.
Jackie writes, "Bejewel your feet in these lovely beaded lace socks. There are many ways to incorporate beads while knitting. These socks use two different ways; thus, they are a good way to experience the two methods side-by-side in the same design and learn the merits of each.
"The lace pattern on the leg of the sock has a lot of give, so it conforms nicely to the shapeliest of legs.
"Slimming columns of beads frame the silhouette of the lace diamonds on the front of the leg, while the column of beads at center back simulates the look of a high-fashion seamed stocking. 1-1 ribbing transitions from cuff into the beaded lace pattern, then is re-introduced as the ankle approaches and continues down the top of the foot as it takes over the instep sts where the lace diamond motif ends. These socks not only are a pleasure to look at, but they will also wear well with their reinforced slip-stitch heels and toes.
"Although the knitting is not terribly difficult, there is almost always something interesting going on. So plan to focus some attention while knitting these and enjoy the process."
Sizing: adult small (medium, large)
Yarn: 300 - 425 yards fingering weight
Suggested needles: US 0 (1 ,2) / 2.0 (2.25, 2.75) mm
Gauge: 32 (30, 28) stitches = 4 inches
Glass seed beads: 8 g each of sizes 8/0 and 6/0; i.e. 3 mm and 4 mm diameter
Skill level: Intermediate
And as our special gift to you, for anyone purchasing the pattern and enough yarn to make a pair of socks we will include enough of both the size 8/0 and 6/0 beads to "go" with your yarn and allow you to make these lovelies. You would just need to add the needles and thin chochet hook to use for the beading, and other standard knitting notions.
A great project -- rewarding to make, wondrous to wear.