Ribbed socks offer a great combination of comfort and ease, and these ribbed women's socks are a great choice on both counts. They fit a wide range of feet without a lot of alteration and are nice and cozy as well.
Knit with the yarn suggested, they're also machine washable. They may just become one of your favorite quick and easy patterns for everyday wear.
- one ball Lion Brand Sock Ease, or about 325 yards of the superfine yarn of your choice (I used colorway Rock Candy)
- set of four or five size 2 US double-pointed knitting needles
- stitch marker (optional)
- scissors and yarn needle
28 stitches and 40 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch (7 stitches and 10 rows per inch). Gauge in 2x2 rib, unstretched, is 12 stitches per inch.
Finished sock is 6 inches around leg, 7.25 inches around foot and 9 inches long from heel to toe unstretched. It is designed to fit an average woman's foot, but can easily stretch to many foot sizes.
- Cast on 68 stitches. Divide onto three or four needles, join in round and place a stitch marker, if desired, to mark the end of the round.
- Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 6 inches, or leg length of your choice.
- Leave the stitches for the leg hanging on their needles, and work the heel flap back and forth on 34 stitches as follows:
- Row 1: *Slip 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.
- Row 2: Slip 1, purl across.
- Repeat those 2 rows for a total of 34 rows, ending with a purl row.
Turning the Heel:
The heel is turned with short rows, working one more stitch on each row before the decrease on each consecutive row (read more about heel turning).
- Row 1: Knit 19, slip, slip, knit, knit 1, turn.
- Row 2: slip 1, purl 5, [/link url=/od/knittingglossary/g/knit_two_tog.htm]purl 2 together, purl 1, turn.
- Row 3: sl1, K6, k2tog, K1, turn.
- Row 4: sl1, P7, SSK, P1, turn.
- Continue in this manner until all the stitches have been worked (20 stitches remain).
- Knit 10 stitches of the heel. Pick up and empty needle and knit the other 10 stitches, then pick up and knit 18 stitches along heel flap on same needle. Work across leg stitches in ribbing, then with another new needle pick up and knit 18 stitches along the other side of the heel flap and knit the first 10 stitches of the heel again onto this needle. The middle of the heel is now the end of the round.
- Next round, knit to last 3 stitches of gusset, k2tog, K1. Work leg stitches as before in ribbing. Next needle, K1, SSK, knit to end of round.
- Next round, knit even, keeping leg stitches in ribbing. Repeat these two rounds until 68 stitches total remain.
- Knit straight, continuing ribbing as established, until foot measures about 7.5 inches from back of heel, or about 1.5 inches before the end of your foot (about where your toes start).
Shaping the Toe:
- Needle 1: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1.
- Needle 2: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, K1. (note, if working on four needles, do the first decrease at the beginning of needle 2 and the second at the end of needle 3).
- Needle 3: K1, SSK, knit to end.
Next round, knit straight. Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 34 stitches remaining, then just round 1 until 16 stitches remain (you will actually work all the way to the end of the bottom stitches, don't stop at the end of the round, but don't decrease further the last time you knit the last stitches).
Line up stitches on two double-pointed needles. Break yarn, thread onto yarn needle and graft the toe closed.
Make second sock in the same manner.