Cross Ribbed Sock

It had been years since I did socks (2011?). I decided I had to redo The Tiger Sock I did in January 2009.

I noticed that I had a pattern for the cuff and top of sock, a pattern for the heel, but no pattern for the toe. I don't know why I did not include a pattern for the toe. So I felt I had to fix this which is why I made these socks.

I did not have any sock yarn, I had Baby Bee Sweet Delight from Hobby Lobby. I am not sure how durable these will be, but this yarn soft.  Because it had been years since I did socks, I had done a You Tube search. Click here to show the video I found for the heal flap.  The video is part 2 of a four part tutorial on how to make basic socks.  I did not do the heal flap in the original post. I stuck with the traditional heal.

On to the pattern:

Materials that I used used:
 2.5 mm double pointed (DP) needles. I have always done my socks using double pointed needles
Size 3 light yarn

The pattern:
I have included a DP Needle Illustration to demonstrate on how I use double pointed needles to make socks.  So needle 1 represents the top of the sock and needles 2 and 3 represent the back and heel of the sock.
DP Needle Illustration

Cast on 52 stitches. I had 26 stitches on needle 1, 12 on another and 14 on another (needles 2 and 3).
Do this 6 row pattern eight times (or desired cuff length)

I started on needle one represented by the black star on the photo.
Rows 1-3: knit 2, purl 2
Row 4: purl
Row 5: knit
Row 6: purl

When you are ready for the heal flap, you are going to work over 26 stitches. I did the heal flap over needles 2 and 3 because these needles represent the back of the sock. At some point I would put all the stitches on one needle because it is easier to work the stitches over one needle instead of two.

Turn, slip 1, purl across the remaining 25 stitches.
Turn, slip1, knit, *slip 1, knit 1* across.
Repeat this 2 row pattern 12 more times or 26 rows total

Heal Turn:
S1,P15,P2tog,P1, turn
S1,P to 2 stitches before the gap ,P2Tog,P1, turn
S1,K to two stitches before the gap ,SSK,K1,turn
Continue in this manner until all the stitches are worked.
You should have 8 stitches on the needle

With an empty needle, pick up 13 stitches along heel flap, this is needle 3, continue  the cross ribbed pattern  along the top of the sock, this is needle 1, pick up 13 stitches along other side of heal flap and knit the next 4 stitches, this is needle 2. Move remaining 4 stitches onto needle 3. you will have 17 stitches on needles 2 and 3 and 26 stitches on needle 1 with the cross ribbed pattern. Referring back to the DP Needle Illustration, you will see a red asterisk by needle 3. From this point forward I start the rows from there, at the beginning of needle 3.

Start the decrease:
Row 1: With needle 3, knit to last three stitches, K2Tog, K1. With needle 1, continue pattern stitch. With needle 2, K1, SSK and K until end
Row 2: Knit on needle 3, continue pattern on needle 1, Knit on needle 2

Repeat these two rows until you have 13 stitches on needles 2 and 3 (52 Total)

Continue row 2 until you have desired foot length, ending on needle 2

To make the toe:
First row: Starting with needle 3, K until you get to the last three stitches, K2tog and K the last stitch.
On needle one K first stitch, SSK, K until the last three stitches, then K2tog, K.
On need two K first stitch, SSK and K until end.
Second row: Knit on all three needles
repeat row one and two until 24 stitches remain. Continue to knit the stitches on needle 3 onto needle 2 so you have 12 stitches onto two needles.
Close with Kitchener stitch.
Did I mention that it had been years since I made socks? I had to go to You Tube to remind me how to do the Kitchener stitch. The video is here. This video is part 4 of the basic sock tutorial which includes on how to do the toe.

I mentioned that the two videos I have already linked in this article are parts two and four of a four part series by Purl Together on how to make basic socks. If you are new to sock knitting, this would be a good series to look into.

Here is part 1. Part 1 is the cuff and the leg of the video. The video demonstrates the magic loop method. This video also demonstrated how to join the loop using the tail from the long tail cast on method (which is how I cast on for all my knitting projects).
Here is part 3. This is gusset. I should note she addresses the gap that is present after you pick up the stitches along the sides of the heel flap. Which is picking up another stitch in this gap. Feel free to do this and pick up an extra stitch in the gaps that would be present the ends of needle 1. There would just be another row of decreases.

That is it, my Cross Ribbed Sock.

Will there be more socks for me in the future?