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Tutorial Tuesday: Cashmere Socks

August 17, 2010

When I put on these socks, my feet felt like they had died and gone to heaven. No kidding. And don’t your feet deserve to be at least a little bit pampered? With the dicey shoes I wear and the amount of walking I do, mine certainly do. I’m sure you can come up with some reasons why your feet deserve cashmere socks, but making your own from a recycled sweater is a lot cheaper than buying them new, and it’s super simple.

Materials:
Cashmere sweater. Mine was slightly felted, but it shouldn’t matter too much whether yours is felted or not. Your socks will just be thicker the more felted your sweater is.
Sewing machine
Needle
Thread
Scissors
Measuring tape
Chalk

Methods:
1. On the body of the sweater, measure and mark a rectangle 9 inches wide and 16 inches tall, with one of your 9-inch edges being the ribbed bottom of the sweater. Note: My feet are a size 10, but if you have smaller feet the socks will just go up higher on your ankle. Or, if you want them to be shorter, you can adjust the dimensions.

2. Cut out the rectangle you just measured, cutting through both layers of the sweater so you have two rectangles.

3. Take each rectangle and fold it lengthwise, right sides together.

4. Put your foot on top of your sock tube, with your toes at the unribbed end and the raw edges on the outside of your foot. Trace a line that follows the shape of your foot. Sew along that line and up the side with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Repeat with the other sock.

5. Zig-zag the raw edges, then trim the seams to the stitching.

6. Turn your socks right-side-out and slip your toes into their own little piece of paradise!

If you wanted to get fancy you could add lace or trim to the top edge of the sock. I’m thinking of making another pair to do just that.

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

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