Fallen Leaves Lace Knit Socks Pattern

Welcome to the world of delicate lace patterns and cozy comfort as we embark on a knitting journey to create the perfect accessory for your feet – the Lace Knit Ankle Socks. This pattern combines the finesse of lacework with the lightweight charm of fingering weight yarn, resulting in a pair of socks that are not only stylish but also a joy to wear. So, grab your needles, your favorite fingering weight yarn, and let’s dive into the art of knitting elegance from ankle to toe!


  • Fingering Weight Yarn: 100g (Choose a color that inspires you and complements your wardrobe. Solid colored yarn is ideal for this as the lace could get lost in variegated yarns.) I used Milk by Mountaintop Yarn.
  • Circular Knitting Needles: US 2.25mm (Ensure they are long enough for the magic loop technique; a cable length of at least 32 inches is recommended for comfortable magic loop knitting.)
  • Tapestry Needle: Essential for weaving in ends and finishing touches.
  • This pattern can be modified to be made larger by increasing the side stitches on the lace pattern. Make sure to keep the lace panel centered on the foot so increases should be made with this in mind.


Gauge: 8sts per inch.
Finished Size: 9

Cast on 10 stitches using the Turkish cast on method.

Knit first row plain.

Toe Increases:

Row 1: knit across
Row 2: k1, m1r, knit to one stitch on needle, m1l, k1.

Repeat row 1 and 2 until you have 30 stitches on each needle.

Stop here and measure your toe in height. This is how much you will need to subtract from your foot length to make room for your heel. Mine came out to 1.5 inches, so I will knit my foot length to 7.5 inches.

Continue on knitting the foot.

Pattern Repeat for top of foot:

Row 1:
    Needle 1: k3, sk2p, k7, yo, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, yo, k7, k3tog, k3
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 2: 
    Needle 1: k14, p2, k14
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 3:
    Needle 1: k3, sk2p, k6, yo, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, yo, k6, k3tog, k3
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 4:
    Needle 1: k14, p2, k14
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 5: 
    Needle 1: k3, sk2p, k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, k3tog, k3
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 6: 
    Needle 1: k14, p2, k14
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 7:
    Needle 1: k3, sk2p, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, k3tog, k3
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 8:
    Needle 1: k14, p2, k14
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 9:
    Needle 1: k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, p2, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, k3tog, k3
    Needle 2: knit across

Row 10:
    Needle 1: k14, p2, k14
    Needle 2: knit across

Repeat row 1-10 until you have the desired length of your foot as established earlier.

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You will be working the following rounds on needle 2 only. Turn your work so as to start a purl round on needle 2.

mds = make double stitch

Row 1 (ws): mds, p to end, turn.

Row 2 (rs): mds, k to double stitch, turn

Row 3 (ws): mds, p to double stitch, turn

Continue working Row 2 & Row 3 until you have the following stitch arrangement:

10 double stitches, 10 center plain stitches, 10 double stitches

Continue working the row without turning the work and knit the 10 double stitches through both legs. You should end on needle 2.

Round 1:

  Needle 1: knit in pattern

  Needle 2: knit to end making sure to knit both legs of the double stitches

Round 2:

  Needle 1: knit in pattern

  Needle 2: knit all stitches 

Round 3:

  Needle 1: Knit in pattern

Needle 2: knit 20; turn work

You will now begin working on needle 2 only again.

Round 1: mds, p 9, turn.

Round 2: mds, k to double st. K the double st and 1 st after it, turn.

Round 3: mds, p to double st. p the double st and 1 st after it, turn.

Repeat round 2 and 3 until you are on the right side of the work and the last stitch of needle 2 is a double stitch. Knit the double stitch through both legs.

 The heel is now complete and you will begin working in the round again. Make sure to knit the last double stitch through both legs when you come to it.


Work rows in pattern for a tall as you want the sock.

Work one row of plain knit decreasing to 26 stitches on each needle.

Work 1×1 rib for 10 rows.

Bind off in pattern using a stretchy bind off.

Break yarn and weave in ends. Repeat pattern for the second sock.

As you bind off the last stitch and admire your newly crafted Lace Knit Ankle Socks, take a moment to appreciate the intricate lacework and the soft embrace of fingering weight yarn. These socks aren’t just a project; they’re a testament to your skill and creativity. Whether you’re making them for yourself or gifting them to a loved one, these lace knit ankle socks are a symbol of craftsmanship, warmth, and the timeless beauty of hand-knit accessories. Step into comfort, style, and the satisfaction of a completed project – happy knitting!

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