Summer Lace Anklets is the June project pattern for Bits of Lace 2012. Get it free at the Free Membership Pattern page through June 30, 2012 with your active registered membership to KnitHeartStrings.com.
Summer Lace Anklets begin with a piece of lace edging like we did with the Three Eyelets Sachet (i.e. the straight edge of the lace serves as the foundation along which stitches are picked up to continue the project). The pretty cable-and-lace edging transforms into a turn-down split cuff for an anklet sock.
Of course, if socks are not your thing, feel free to use this pretty cable-and-lace edging in other creative ways.
Summer Lace Anklets are designed for cotton and cotton-blend yarns. This makes them nice for summertime and those who prefer cotton. If you prefer to knit with wool, that will work out just fine, too.
For this Bits of Lace 2012 version of Summer Lace Anklets, I have included a chart for the lace edging (in addition to the written instructions that were in the original 2001 edition of the HeartStrings #A85 Summer Lace Anklets pattern).
So, like the Lace Cable Bookmark pattern last month, you can use either the written or charted instructions (or both) for the lace edging. If you are comfortable with charts now, I encourage you to use them. But if you prefer written instructions, or if you still need more time and practice to get used to charts, feel free to use the written instructions to help ease your way for enjoyable knitting.
Unlike the Lace Cable Bookmark that used lace eyelets to simulate the look of a crossed-stitch cable, the cable-and-lace edging of Summer Lace Anklets actually has crossed stitches. So for those who were asking about cables, here’s your chance to have your lace and do cables, too!
Stay tuned for follow-up tutorials, tips & techniques on this site. And don’t forget to also visit HeartStrings FiberArts for other inspiration and patterns offered by retailers of Jackie E-S’s designs.
p.s. If you’d like to get yarn like I used to to make my own Summer Lace Anklets, I have yarn packs available for sale. Includes your choice of color combo for the main sock color and the lace trim color. If you need help picking colors, let me know.