Sunday, June 8, 2014

Broken Rib Socks

I still have to do a pair of socks every now and then. Besides, socks are the best travelling project. Ken and I just took a long weekend to Albuquerque, and I knitted all the way down and all the way back. I finished the blue pair and started the red pair. I am making these socks for a friend of mine who says she is addicted to socks. She doesn't knit, so I am going to send these to her. Just don't tell her, okay?

The pattern is basically the same as the Skylah Lace Panel Socks (April 4, 2014) with just the lace replaced with the rib pattern.  One of the nice things about this rib pattern is that you can continue it to the top of the leg without having to do a cuff.  The rib also gives the socks a nice snug fit without bagging or being too tight. 

This is also a good pattern for men's socks because it is not 'too fancy' -- as my son says -- especially it is done in a solid color.    

Peggy's Broken Rib Socks 

  • 100 Grams of Sock Yarn.  I used Plymouth Yarn Diversity
    US #2/2.75mm circular needles or double-pointed needles (I do the double-pointed thing only because I have been knitting socks forever and am pretty fast on my DPNs. However use any method that you are comfortable with.)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
Knitting Gauge: 7 - 8 sts = 1"
SIZE: One size will fit an average adult foot. 

Cast on 28 stitches, using your favorite cast on method for socks. I use the magic cast-on because the tip of the toe looks so flawless.  You can watch this method on YouTube. There are several demonstrations, such as:

Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: On needle 1, knit 1, knit in the front and back of the next stitch. Knit to the last two stitches on the needle. Knit in the front and back of the next stitch, knit 1. Repeat on needle 2. 
Round 3: Knit. If using DPNs, knit the stitches on Needle 1.  Knit 8 stitches on Needle 2. Add a third needle and knit the remaining 8 stitches.
Round 4: If using DPNs, on Needle 1, knit 2, m1R, knit across to last 2 stitches. M1L, K2. On needle 2, knit 2, m1R, knit across. On needle 3, knit across to last 2 stitches. M1L, K2.
If using circular needles, k2, m1R, k across needle, until 2 stitches remain, m1L, k2. Repeat on second needle.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until you have a total of 24 stitches on Needle 1.

Next Round: Knit 2, place marker. Knit to last two stitches, place marker, K2. Knit the rest of the round.

Continue these two rounds, increasing 1 stitch on each side until you have a total of 60 stitches total.

Yes, I will finish the second sock,
but I have to start a sweater first.

 Begin Rib Panel
Working on the 30 stitches on top of the sock, work the rib pattern, continuing stockinette stitch on the sole of the sock.

Rib Panel


Round 1 (over 5 stitches) – P1, k3, p1
Round 2 – P1, k1, p1, k1, p1.

Continue the rib pattern until the sock measures from the toe is 2½” less than the total length of your foot.


While continuing the rib pattern, knit across instep stitches, and then increase one stitch on each side on the sole stitches. Increase stitches every other row until you have increased 10 stitches on each side of the sole.

Turn the Heel:

You will now work only on the sole part of the sock, leaving the instep stitches with the rib panel along for now. Begin on a knit side.
Row 1: Slip the first stitch, k 8. *K1, sl1 purlwise* five times, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 2: Slip the first stitch, p10, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Slip 1, k1, *k1, sl1 purlwise* 5 times , SSK, k1, turn.
Row 4: Slip 1, p12, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 5: Slip 1, k1, *k1, sl1 purlwise*, 6 times, SSK, k1, turn.
Row 6: Slip 1, p14, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1, k1, *k1, sl1 purlwise* 7 times, SSK, k1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1, p 16, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1, k1, *k1, s1 purlwise* 8 times, SSK, k1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1, p18, p2tog, p1, turn
Continue in this manner, working back and forth until all of the extra stitches from the gusset increases are worked and the original number of stitches is on your needle again.

Leg and Cuff:

You should be back to 60 stitches. Extend the rib pattern to the entire sock, working the sock to the total desired length. 

Bind off loosely.  Weave in the ends, and then block the socks as you normally would (I just put the socks on my feet and enjoy them! My feet are the best blocking equipment I have.)


  1. Nice socks. Love the pattern! Thank you for sharing!

  2. When you say increase on each side until you have 60 sets total do you mean increase only on needle 1?

  3. Yes, that's 60 stitches total. Sorry that it's not clear.

  4. So Lovely sock!!!! I love the way of stripe , and the colors you use. Thanks also for sharing that beauty.

  5. Love that you used Comic Sans font. I love it and don't get all the hate on it. :D

    And, yes, thank you for the pattern.

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  7. Laurie,
    Do you have the pattern on a .pdf - I am a write on the paper person.