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Rib Fantastic Sock

The Rib Fantastic Sock.

(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Rib Fantastic is a relatively easy lace knitting pattern that makes a fun zigzag across the fabric. Using the pattern in a sock means you'll have ribs that zigzag down the leg, as well as fun eyelets that make the socks cool and a little fancy.

This sock looks great worked up in a pretty hand-dyed yarn like Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine, but it would also be lovely in a solid or more semi-solid yarn.

Materials:

  • one hank Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine (I used colorway Barefoot), or about 275 yards of a super-fine yarn of your choice
  • set of four or five size 2 US (2.75 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

28 stitches and 40 rows per 4 inches (7 stitches and 10 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

Finished sock is about 7 inches around the leg unstretched. The foot is 8.25 inches long and the leg is 9.5 inches long from cuff to bottom of heel. To fit an average sized woman. For a larger size, try a slightly heavier weight yarn.

Instructions for the Leg:

  1. Cast on 64 stitches and divide onto 3 or four double-pointed needles. Join in round, being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker if desired to mark the end of the round.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1.5 inches, or to length of your choice.
  3. Next round, *knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around, ending with a knit 1. 55 stitches remain.
  4. Knit 1, *(yarn over, knit 2 together) 4 times, knit 3. Repeat from * around, ending the last repeat with a knit 2.
  5. Knit the next round.
  6. Repeat these 2 rounds 5 times (for a total of 6).
  7. Next round, knit 1, *(slip, slip, knit, yarn over) 4 times, knit 3. Repeat from * around, ending the last repeat with a knit 2.
  8. Knit the next round.
  9. Repeat these 2 rounds 5 times (for a total of 6).
  10. Repeat these two sections twice more. On the last knit round of the last section, knit 7, turn, and purl 26. These stitches will be the heel.

Working the Short-Row Heel:

Begin working back and forth over just these 26 stitches. Because of the way the heel is worked, you do not need to wrap the next stitch when you turn the work. (I learned this technique from Kathleen Taylor's The Big Book of Socks.)

  1. Slip 1, knit 24, turn.
  2. Slip 1, purl 23, turn.
  3. Slip 1, k22, turn.
  4. Slip 1, p21, turn.
  5. Slip 1, k20, turn.
  6. Slip 1, p19, turn.
  7. Slip 1, k18, turn.
  8. Slip 1, p17, turn.
  9. Slip 1, k16, turn.
  10. Slip 1, p15, turn.
  11. Slip 1, k14, turn.
  12. Slip 1, p13, turn.
  13. Slip 1, k12, turn.
  14. Slip 1, p11, turn.
  15. Slip 1, k10, turn.
  16. Slip 1, p9, turn.
  17. Slip 1, k8, slip 1, pick up and knit a stitch between where you are and the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over (hereafter called knit join), turn.
  18. Slip 1, p8, slip 1, pick up a look between where you are now and the next stitch, purl 2 together with the slipped stitch (hereafter called purl join), turn.
  19. Slip 1, k9, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  20. Slip 1, p10, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  21. Slip 1, k11, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  22. Slip 1, p12, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  23. Slip 1, k13, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  24. Slip 1, p14, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  25. Slip 1, k15, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  26. Slip 1, p16, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  27. Slip 1, k17, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  28. Slip 1, p18, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  29. Slip 1, k19, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  30. Slip 1, p20, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  31. Slip 1, k21, slip 1, knit join, turn.
  32. Slip 1, p22, slip 1, purl join, turn.
  33. Slip 1, p23, slip 1, pick up and knit a loop between the heel and the leg stitches, psso, turn.
  34. Slip 1, p12. Start a new needle, p12, slip 1, pick up a loop between the heel and leg stitches, p2tog with slipped stitch. This is the new end of the round.
  35. Turn and knit a round.

Knitting the Foot:

The Rib Fantastic pattern continues on the top of the foot as follows, with the bottom of the foot worked in Stockinette Stitch throughout.

Round 1: yo, k2tog, *k3, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, repeat from * around, last repeat k3, yo, k2tog.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds 5 more times.

Round 3: ssk, yo, *k3, (ssk, yo) 4 times, repeat form * around, last repeat k3, ssk, yo.

Round 4: Knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds 5 more times.

Repeat the whole series once more, or stop whenever the foot is long enough that it reaches the bottom of your toes.

Toe Shaping:

This pattern assumes you're working with 4 needles, with the bottom of the foot stitches on 2 needles and the leg on 1 needle. If working on 5 needles, the decreases at the end of needle 3 will happen for you at the end of needle 4.

To begin toe shaping, slip 1 stitch from each end of the top of foot needle onto a needle with the bottom of foot stitches. On just the first decrease round you also need to decrease 1 extra stitch to make an even number of stitches (I did a k2tog at the center bottom of the foot).

Round 1: needle 1, knit 1, ssk, knit to end; needle 2, knit to 3 stitches from end, k2tog, k1; needle 3, k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end, k2tog, k1.

Round 2: Knit.

At the end of the first round of decreasing, you'll have 50 stitches. Repeat these 2 rounds 4 more times, for a total of 34 stitches.

Repeat the decrease round every round until 14 stitches remain.

Graft the toe closed.

Make a second sock in the same way.

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