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Random Rib Socks

Random Rib Socks

Random Rib Socks


Size:
To fit sizes Woman’s S (Woman’s M, Woman’s L, Woman's XL/Man’s S, Man’s M, Man’s L, Man's XL). Finished foot circumference, 7 ½ in/19 cm (8 in/20.5 cm, 8 ½ in/21.5 cm, 9 in/23 cm, 9 ½ in/24 cm, 10 in/25.5 cm, 10 ½ in/26.5 cm). Finished foot length, approximately 8 ¼ in/21 cm (9 ½ in/24 cm, 10 in/25.5 cm, 10 ¼ in/26 cm, 10 ¾ in/27 cm, 11 ½ in./29.5 cm, 12 in/26.5 cm).

Materials:
Approximately 300-600 yds/275-550 m sock or fingering-weight yarn, to achieve correct gauge. Note that this pattern works best with a solid-color yarn or a fairly subtle heathered one, as the horizontal stripes created by a yarn with strong color changes will obscure the vertical ribs.

1 set of 4 or 5 size US 0/2mm double-pointed needles, or size needed for correct gauge
1 set dpns one size larger
Reinforcement thread for heels and toes, if desired
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Gauge:
28 sts and 36 rows per 4 cm/10in on US 0/2mm needles over stockinette stitch worked in the round. Please note that the instructions from here on will be in metric, to accommodate the large range of sizes and to avoid number fatigue.

Pattern notes:
The shaping for this sock is based on that given in Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Knitting Patterns. The rib was calculated using the Random Stripe Generator at http://www.kissyourshadow.com/stripe_maker.php.

Use this rib pattern, or to be truly random, one of your own. Using the Random Stripe Generator, enter two colors, the width range for the ribs, and the total number of stitches you will be casting on. It will be easier to get a good idea of how the knitted rib will look if you use two colors that are fairly close in tone (e.g. white and pale gray, or one color that is closest to your own yarn and one that is a shade darker). If you want the socks to fit snugly, use ribs between 1 and 3 stitches wide; for looser socks, use wider ribs, which won't contract as much as the narrower ones.


Instructions:

With larger needles, cast on 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76) sts, using the long-tail cast-on or the Old Norwegian method.

Arrange sts on 3 or 4 dpns. Place marker at beginning and join, being careful not to twist sts.


* Random Rib for Woman’s S First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K2, P2, K2, P1, K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K3, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K3, P2, K2, P1, K3, P3, K1, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Woman’s S Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P2, K3, P3, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, P2, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P3, K3, P3, K3, P2, K1, P3, K3, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Woman’s M First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P3, K2, P2, K3, P2, K1, P1, K2, P2, K3, P2, K1, P3, K2, P2, K1, P3, K3, P1, K1, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Woman’s M Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P1, K2, P1, K3, P2, K1, P2, K2, P3, K3, P1, K1, P2, K3, P1, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P3, K2, P2, K2, P3, K1, P2, K2, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Woman’s L First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P2, K3, P2, K1, P3, K3, P3, K3, P2, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, K1, P2, K1, P3, K1, P2, K2, P3, K3, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Woman’s L Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P1, K3, P3, K2, P2, K2, P2, K3, P2, K2, P1, K3, P3, K3, P3, K1, P3, K2, P3, K3, P1, K1, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Woman's XL/Man’s S First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P1, K2, P1, K1, P2, K3, P3, K2, P1, K3, P1, K1, P3, K3, P1, K2, P3, K1, P3, K2, P1, K3, P2, K3, P1, K2, P1, K3, P3, K1, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Woman's XL/Man’s S Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K2, P1, K3, P3, K3, P3, K1, P3, K3, P1, K1, P3, K2, P3, K3, P1, K1, P3, K2, P3, K3, P1, K2, P3, K1, P3, K3, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Man’s M First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P1, K2, P3, K1, P2, K2, P3, K3, P2, K3, P1, K3, P3, K2, P1, K2, P1, K1, P3, K2, P3, K3, P2, K2, P1, K1, P3, K1, P3, K2, P1, K1, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Man’s M Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K1, P1, K3, P1, K3, P2, K2, P2, K1, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P1, K2, P2, K3, P3, K2, P2, K2, P1, K1, P2, K1, P2, K2, P2, K3, P1, K2, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Man’s L First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P1, K3, P3, K2, P2, K3, P1, K2, P2, K1, P1, K2, P1, K2, P3, K3, P3, K1, P2, K1, P3, K3, P2, K1, P3, K2, P3, K1, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Man’s L Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P1, K1, P2, K1, P3, K2, P1, K3, P2, K3, P3, K3, P1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, K3, P3, K1, P1, K2, P3, K1, P1, K1, P3, K2, P3, K2, P2, K3, P3.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


* Random Rib for Man's XL First Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P2, K2, P1, K2, P1, K3, P1, K2, P1, K1, P2, K1, P2, K3, P2, K2, P3, K1, P3, K1, P1, K3, P1, K2, P2, K3, P3, K2, P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K2, P3, K1, P3, K3, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).

* Random Rib for Man's XL Second Sock: Row 1 (RS). K3, P1, K2, P2, K3, P3, K2, P1, K2, P2, K3, P1, K2, P2, K3, P1, K1, P2, K2, P3, K1, P2, K3, P2, K1, P3, K1, P2, K1, P2, K2, P3, K2, P1, K2, P2, K3, P2.
Row 2: Work sts as presented (i.e., knit the K sts, and purl the P sts as they face you).


Work as established in random rib until piece measures 8.5 (9, 9.5, 10, 11, 11.5, 11.5) cm, or half of desired leg length.

Change to smaller needles and work as established in random rib until piece measures 16.5 (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 23) cm, or desired leg length.

Heel:

Join in reinforcement thread, if using. Work across 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts, turn, and work in patt back across 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) sts. Hold remaining sts on 2 or 3 needles to be worked later for instep.

Heel flap:

Work back and forth on heel sts as follows:

Row 1 (RS): *Sl 1 pwise wyib, K1, repeat from * to end.
Row 2: Sl 1 pwise wyif, p to end.

Rep rows 1 and 2 until 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38) rows have been worked. There will be 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) chain selvedge sts.

Turn heel:

Row 1: K 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21), ssk, K1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, P5, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1 pwise, K to 1 st before gap, ssk (1 st from each side of gap), K1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog (1 st from each side of gap), P1, turn.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all heel sts have been worked, ending with a WS row, and ending P2tog if there are not enough sts to end with P2tog, P1. 16 (16, 18, 18, 20, 20, 22) sts remaining.

Heel gusset:

K across all heel sts, pick up and K 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts along selvedge edge of heel flap; place marker ("right marker"); work across instep sts from st holder; place marker ("left marker"); pick up and K 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) sts along other side of heel, and K across half of heel sts. 68 (72, 78, 82, 88, 92, 98) sts. Cut reinforcement thread at this point, if using.

Distribute sts evenly as on leg. Beg next round at center back heel.

Rnd 1: K to last 3 sts before left marker, K2tog, K1; work across all instep sts on needle 2, continuing random rib as established, if desired, to last 3 sts before right marker; K1, SSK, K to end. (2 gusset sts decreased)
Rnd 2: K.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until there are 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76) sts remaining.

Foot:

Work even as set until sock measures 16.5 (19, 20.5, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24) cm from back of heel, or about 4.5 (5, 5, 5.5, 5.5, 6.5, 6.5) cm less than desired total foot length.

Toe:

Join in reinforcement thread from this point to end, if using.
Rnd 1: K to last 3 sts before right marker, K2tog, K1; K1, SSK, work to last 3 sts before left marker, K2tog, K1; K1, SSK, K to end. (4 sts decreased)
Rnd 2: K.

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 24 (28, 28, 32, 36, 36, 40) sts remain.

Rep Rnd 1 only until 16 sts remain.
Next rnd: *K to last 4 sts before right marker, K3tog, K1; K1, slip 3 sts, then k these 3 tog from the right*; rep from * to *. 8 sts remain.

Move the rem sts to 2 needles, centering the toe decreases (i.e., the 2 sts on either side of a marker) on each needle. Cut yarn leaving a 30 cm tail. Graft rem sts. Weave in loose ends. Block.


Random Rib Socks. This pattern c2006 by A Bluestocking Knits. (Rev. 16 June 2006)

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