Cottage Chic Boot Socks

Work Socks and Vintage Crocheted Lace

Work Socks and Vintage Crocheted Lace

Maria sang of “rain drops on roses and warm woolen mittens…” but keeping my toes warm this winter is high on my priority list. Why not combine soft and warm with a bit of vintage crocheted lace trim for cottage chic boot socks?

1. Obtain men’s long work socks at sporting goods stores or places such as Farm & Fleet or Tractor Supply. I found these black and gray socks 2/$6 at Dunham’s Sports marked down half price as a manager’s special.

2. Find vintage crocheted lace at auctions, antique stores or grandmother’s notions. If vintage is not available, some very nice retro lace trims are available in sewing stores or buy vintage on-line.

3. Sew a ruffled collar of lace for each sock that is at least twice the diameter to account for the stretch. I used elastic thread.

4. Sew the top of the collar about 1/4 to 1/2 inch down from the top of the sock. Socks can be warn with lace collar or flip lace up to peek over the top of the boot for a cottage charming look.

Try these as warm slipper socks or use them as retro Christmas stockings. A warm January project keeps our hands busy and our hearts toasty.

Finished perky pair!

Finished perky pair!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Cottage Chic Boot Socks

  1. starproms says:

    They look very warm and pretty. A great idea! Just right for me too during these winter months.

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      Stella, I found it works well to use elastic thread to sew the lace “collar”. Make the lace twice as wide as the width of the sock and shire it down to the width before sewing it with elastic thread to the top of the sock. This gives it plenty of stretch and also makes a pretty ruffle. Enjoy!

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