Back in 2019, I designed a pair of lovely, lacy, easy socks. The Solimar Socks have been a favorite since then, but I recently began to feel like they needed a little sprucing up. I regraded them, swapped out the heel for one I liked better, and sent them through my usual tech editing and test knitting process.
Read on for more information about where to find the pattern for the Solimar Socks, the materials you’ll need, and more.
About the Solimar Socks
Just north of Ventura, there is a pretty little beach with a wide strip of sand and a good view of the islands. It’s called Solimar, a mashup of “sol y mar,” or “sun and sea.” I like to take my kid there and let her play in the sand while I get some stitching done.
I’ve named these socks for that pretty beach and designed them so that the rippling lace looks like the sunlight sparkling on the ocean on a calm day. They feature an easily memorized four-row repeat that looks much more complicated than it is. These socks are great for some mellow knitting at the beach, on a long road trip, or any time you just need a little peace and quiet.
These socks are knit from the cuff down and feature a simple, all-over lacy texture that’s made up of only four rounds. The heel is made with a reinforced heel flap and gusset, while the toe is a classic wedge toe. With three graded sizes in the pattern, there’s a range of options for the right fit.
Easy Shopping List
In case you want to knit these socks using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!
Knit Picks Stroll (affiliate link)
Chiaogoo US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles (affiliate link)
The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)
Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)
Stitch markers (fancy option) (affiliate link)
Solimar Socks Details and Specs
Here are all the nitty gritty details about the Solimar Socks including their dimensions, materials, needles, gauge, and more.
|SIZES||S, M, L |
Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 9” (23 cm), 10.5” (26.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)
|MATERIALS||Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m) |
Sample shown knit in Knit Picks Stroll, 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 231 yds (211 m) per 1.8 oz (50 g)
|GAUGE||4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette|
|NEEDLES||One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above |
Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
|TOOLS||One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats |
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
|SKILL LEVEL||Intermediate |
Techniques: decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting
If You Like the Solimar Socks, You’ll Also Like…
The Creme Brulee Socks, which also use the simple lace used in this sock but in a very different way.
The Catalina Eddy Blanket, which also uses a four-row repeat for a meditative knit and a dramatic effect.
The Comity Socks, which also have a lacy, all-over pattern that coordinates well with the Solimar Socks.