Dolce: Free Sock Pattern

Twelve months ago when I began this blog, I selected three recently wound balls of sock yarn and photographed them for my header. When we left for our holiday, I took the pink yarn with me in my luggage, well aware it was the sole survivor of the header yet to be knit up. This yarn had been waiting its turn to be knit up, but it was a case of really wanting to have the right pattern to use for it.  Unable to find what I wanted, I figured it was time to *make* a pattern that I thought suited the yarn. And of course I am sharing it with you all 🙂  Just in case it suits a skein of yarn that you have waiting its turn in your stash.

The yarn is by Vintage Purls, and it is one of the standard colourways (which aren’t often available now, but can be dyed on request) called Dolce. This is a musical term which means “sweetly and lightly” and I thought it a good name for the pattern too – I wanted something light and lacy, with some sweet wee details. So I have included a slip stitch heel and reverse stocking stitch gusset which add to the beauty of the pattern.


Gauge: 8 sts per inch on 2.5mm needles using 4 ply sock yarn

Lace Pattern:

Row 1: (k2, p1, yon, k2togtbl, p1) repeat to end

Row 2: (k2, p1) repeat to end

Row 3: (k2, p1, k2tog, yfon, p1)   repeat to end

Row 4:  (K2, p1) repeat to end


Yon = yarn over needle

Yfon – yarn forward over needle

Tbl = through the back loop

Ssk – Slip two stitches to right needle and then knit them together

Psso – pass the slipped stitch over

Cast on 66 stitches and work 10 rows in 1×1 rib, then work in lace pattern for 15 repeats, arranging the stitches as follows: needle 1 30 sts, needle 2, 36 sts


Turn work and purl across 34 sts, slip final two sts from needle 2 to needle 1.

Work these 34 sts as follows:
Row 1: (s1, k1) repeat to end

Row 2: s1, purl to end

Work 35 rows total in this pattern and then proceed to heel turn.

Heel Turn:
Row 1: Knit 19, ssk k1 turn

Row 2: Purl 5 P2 tog. P1 turn

Row 3: Knit to one stitch before gap, ssk, k1 turn

Row 4: Purl to one stitch before gap, p2 tog, turn

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked, then proceed to gusset section.

Knit across all stitches on the needle them pick up stitches along side of heel flap, picking up one stitch for each slipped stitch and one in the gap between needle 1 and 2.

Knit in pattern across needle 1 and then pick up sts along side of heel flap, picking up one stitch between the front and heel flap and one for each slipped stitch.

Knit across the instep stitches until 12 stitches before the end of needle. Place stitch marker.  Purl the final 12 sts before end of needle. Knit in pattern across needle one, place stitch marker. Purl 12 sts, place stitch marker and then knit to end of round. (These directions assume 60 stitches total for the instep section. If you have more or less, adjust the number of purled stitches so that you will end up with 36 instep stitches)

Decrease round: Knit to first stitch marker, purl to last 2 stitches s of needle 2, k2tog, work across lace panel in pattern, p2tog, purl to stitch marker, Knit to end of round.

Alternate decrease round with a round knit in this pattern: Knit to first stitch marker, purl to end of needle. Knit in pattern to stitch marker, purl to next stitch marker, knit to end of round.

Continue to alternate these two rounds until all purl stitches have been decreased.  Arrange stitches so that all the instep stitches are all on needle 2 and pattern stitches are all on needle 1. Work even until foot is 2 inches shorter than desired length, and then work toe decreases.

Work toe decreases as follows:

Needle 1: K 1 , ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, repeat for needle 2.

Work one round even

Alternate until 24 sts remain, then graft remaining stitches. Sew in ends.


11 Responses to “Dolce: Free Sock Pattern”

  1. 1 Virginia January 2, 2010 at 3:23 am

    You’re a designer!

    Quick question. I know that yfon is the same as “yarn over” in US patterns. (when you bring the yarn forward between the two needles) But what is yon?

    Other than hither and yon, of course. 🙂


    • 2 shortly24 January 2, 2010 at 8:26 am

      Both of them are YOs but go different directions – those who have knit an Ishbel etc will know you do different YO if you have a purl before or after a stitch, and these are the definitions I found for them – I *could* change it to YO if people found it less confusing though 🙂

  2. 3 Kate January 2, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I love the story that goes along with the yarn/header/pattern- it makes the whole thing really special! Congratulations- a beautiful sock pattern is difficult to create- and you’ve accomplished that!

    Take care- and happy new year!

  3. 4 Judy January 2, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Very nice way to start the year 🙂

  4. 5 Hannah January 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Welldone Sheryl! It looks beautiful 🙂

  5. 6 Amber January 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I think I’ll be giving this a go – I have that yarn to knit socks for my daughter.

  6. 7 neak January 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    WOW pretty hun! well done just going to add that to my queue 😆

  7. 8 Viv January 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Oh they are so cute. They remind me of the white knee hig socks I wore as a cild, they had a similar lacy pattern. I loved them. Now they come in grown up size 🙂

  8. 9 Jackie Rortvedt February 11, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I’ve been knitting socks for a few years and just adore this new pattern of yours but there is nothing anywhere that says, “Click to Print” and I don’t have the time to write the whole pattern out by hand. Can you direct me as to how I can print this Dolce Sock pattern out? Or am I not seeing something on that page?

  9. 10 Nikki March 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve been looking for a lace sock pattern (that I liked) for a zillion years! (Ok, about a week) and it was here all along!!

    Thanks love 😀


  10. 11 Debra T November 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for this great pattern! I have made these great socks, but on a circular 11″ needle and with a different toe. I’ll use this easy lacy pattern again.

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