Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ruth's Basic Ribby Socks

Ruth's Basic Ribby Socks

No fancy, schmancy socks for me.  I'm into ribbed socks in a big way.  Right now I'm into showcasing the dyeing, not the patterning, so ribs work very well for me.  And, I know they fit perfectly.  This is true auto-pilot knitting, perfect for TV moments.  Complicated stuff gets done in the afternoon when it's quiet and no one is around to distract me.
This is yarn from my stash, bought way before I started dyeing.  It's a skinny something or other (the label went missing), and I love the way it flashes.  Sometimes you just have to go with what the yarn wants to do, and not try to impose complexity on a forceful colorway.  I tried it every which way in crochet, and it was a disaster, but here, on ribby socks, it's rather pretty.

My basic rib pattern:  k5, p2.  That's it.  I make a 56 stitch sock, use 2 circs, and 4 repeats on each needle works perfectly. 

Here's the basic pattern for you.

Ruth’s Basic Ribby Socks
Auto-pilot knitting at its best!

Size: Small, for medium – large sizes, add pattern repeats and/or use a larger needle.
Style:  Cuff to toe
Gauge:  7.75 sts over stockinette
Needles: size 2.50mm (size 1.5); 2 circulars, or whatever you’re comfortable with
Yarn:  350-400 yds of sock weight yarn
Pattern repeat:  7 stitches  

Cast On:
Cast on 56 stitches loosely.  Divide your sts up as follows:  28 on needle one, and 28 on needle two. 
Work pattern until leg is as long as you wish.
Heel flap is worked on 28 sts on needle two. 
At the end of needle two, turn work so that the wrong side is facing you. 
Row 1.  Sl 1 purlwise, purl to end of row.
Row 2.  *Sl I purlwise, k1*.  Repeat from * to end.
Repeat these two rows until 27 rows are completed.  You are now on the right side of the heel flap.

Turn heel:
Note:  Sl 1 = sl 1 purlwise
                Row 1:  (Right side) K 15, ssk, k1. Turn
                Row 2:  Sl 1, p3, p2tog, p1.  Turn.
                Row 3:  Sl 1, k4, ssk, k1.  Turn.
                Row 4:  Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1.  Turn.
                Row 5:  Sl 1, k6, ssk, k1.  Turn.
                Row 6:  Sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1.  Turn.
                Row 7:  Sl 1, k8, ssk, k1.  Turn.
                Row 8:  Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1.  Turn.
                Row 9:  Sl 1, k10, ssk, k1.  Turn.
                Row 10:  Sl 1, p11, p2tog, p1.  Turn.
Row 11:  Sl 1, k12, ssk, k1.  Turn.
                Row 12:  Sl 1, p13, p2tog, p1.  Turn.  You will have 16 sts on your needle.

Heel Gusset:
Work across the heel flap sts on Needle two.  With the tip of Needle two, pick up 14 sts along the side of the heel.  Pick up a stitch from the row below the first instep stitch to prevent a hole:  15 stitches picked up.
Needle one:  Work across the 28 instep stitches in pattern.  From now on, the instep only will be worked in pattern.  The sole will be worked in stockinette.  You will have 28 sts on needle one and 28 sts on needle two.

With the point of needle two, pick up a stitch from the row below the first heel st to prevent a hole.
Pick up 14 sts along the right side of the heel: 15 sts picked up.  Place a marker half way across the foot sts.  This will help you count your decreases accurately.
Work across the foot sts and the instep sts.  You are now ready to begin decreasing for the gusset.

Shape Gusset:
Dec. round:  At beginning of needle two (foot sts), k1, ssk, work to 3 sts before the end of needle two, k2tog, k1.
Work the instep in pattern.  Do not decrease here.
Work the next round without decreases on the sole.
Continue to decrease on alternate rounds on the foot sts.  Work until 28 sts on the sole remain.

Needle one:  instep
Needle two:  bottom of foot.
Continue working in rounds in until the sock is about 1.5 inches from the end.  Decrease one stitch on instep at the end so that you have 28 sts on each needle.

Shape Toe:
Round 1: On needle one, k1, ssk, knit until 3 sts before the end of the needle, k2tog, k1.  Repeat on needle two.
Work the next round plain.

Work these 2 rounds until a total of 20 sts, remain.  10 stitches on each needle.

Holding needles one and two together, graft sts on them together using the Kitchener st.
Weave in ends on inside of sock.

Work the second sock.
Henya - Yep, it's my kind of knitting these days.  Pretty, simple and fun.

DJNL - This one is even more mindless than the k3, p2 one.  More knitting, I guess.  Can't wait to see one of those browns turned into socks!


Henya said...

Nice and simple. I love it.

DJNL said...

Thanks Ruth...I haven't ttied the 5x2 ribbing...I usually do a 3x1...but I like this VERY much...will try it on the next socks made with one of your gorgeous brown yarns!!

Anonymous said...

Is there a way of showing what the 2 circular needles look like with the stitches being knitted?

I have read some other oopatterns and they sound much more complicated. Stating the need for two different needles so that they can be told apart.

I desperately want to make your ribbed socks using k5 p2.

Please reply if at all possible.

Ruth Campfield-Fuller,


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