Thursday, April 05, 2007

Pattern for You: Baby Ribs

As promised, the following is the pattern for those baby socks the Yarn Harlot liked so much. I'm calling them Baby Ribs (and I'm taking no responsibility whatsoever if you get the Chili's song stuck in your head).

This pattern assumes that you have knit socks before and are familiar with sock construction. However, if you encounter a problem, please feel free to e-mail me and I'll do my best to help you through it.

Baby Ribs: the pattern

US 1/2.25 mm dpns, set of four
Leftover sock yarn (I used Knit Picks Essential, approximately 1/4 of a skein or 60 yds.)

8 stitches per inch

st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
sl: slip
ssk: slip, slip, knit
k2tog: knit 2 together
p2tog: purl 2 together

Cast on 40 sts and distribute them evenly over 3 needles. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Work (k2 p2) rib around for 20 rounds.

Set up for heel:
K 9 sts on needle 1, turn.
Sl 1, p 19, turn.
Redistribute sts so that 20 heel sts are on needle 1 and 20 instep sts are held on other two needles. Work heel flap back and forth on needle 1.

Heel flap:
Row 1: Sl 1, k 19
Row 2: Sl 1, p 19
Work Rows 1 and 2 ten times total.

Turn heel:
Row 1: Sl 1, k 10, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p 3, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k to one stitch before gap, ssk, k 1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p to one stitch before gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 twice more, until all sts have been worked. 12 sts remain.

Set up for gussets:
With needle 1, k across 12 heel sts, then pick up and k 11 sts on side of heel flap.
With a new needle (now needle 2), work across all instep sts in rib pattern as established.
With a new needle (now needle 3), pick up and knit 11 sts on other side of heel flap and k 6 heel sts from needle 1.
You will now have 17 sts each on needles 1 and 3 and 20 instep sts on needle 2 (54 sts total).
*If desired, an extra stitch may be picked up between the end of the stitches at the side of the heel flap and the beginning of the instep stitches to prevent a hole. If you do this, just be sure to work two additional gusset decrease rounds.

Gusset decreases:

Row 1: K to last 3 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k1; work instep sts in pattern on needle 2; k 1, ssk, k to end on needle 3.
Row 2: K all sts on needles 1 and 2, work in pattern on needle 2.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 six more times, until 10 sts remain on needles 1 and 3 (40 sts total).

Work 8 rounds even, keeping needles 1 and 3 in stockinette and needle 2 in rib pattern.
Work one more round, knitting all sts.

Row 1: K to last 3 sts on needle 1, k2tog, k1; on needle 2, k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; k1, ssk, k to end on needle 3.
Row 2: K all sts
Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times (16 sts decreased; 24 sts remain). Then repeat Row 1 only three more times (12 sts remain -- 3 sts each on needles 1 and 3 and 6 sts on needle 2).
Using needle 3, k across sts on needle 1 so that all 6 sole sts are now on one needle.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8-10" tail.

Use kitchener stitch to graft toe stitches. Weave in all ends and block as desired.

Baby Ribs Socks look as adorable on stuffed daschunds as they do on babies.


  1. No fair - I totally did not have the Chili's jingle in my head until you mentioned it. :P

    I love the socks and think I may try these for my soon-to-appear niece. :)

  2. wow, that is so totally cool! i have been off bloglines for a few days and missed all of the excitement. love the sock pattern, and the accolades are well deserved.

  3. Just in time for my newly born grand-niece! Thanks for posting that pattern. Do you think my teacup poodle would wear a pair, or two pairs, of those socks?

  4. Anonymous7:37 AM

    I love the way you wrote your pattern by saying "set up for..." For me, it really clarified sock construction. Thanks! As soon as I get home to my printer, I'm going to print out your pattern and make a pair. I'll find a baby somewhere that will wear them! :-D

  5. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Great socks!! Thanks for posting the pattern. Looks like easy socks to knit for the Dulaan project.

  6. Anonymous9:12 AM

    Thank you! I, too, appreciate extra clarification as to specific instructions. As a new sock knitter, it's crucial! So many knitters and bloggers won't take the time and make the effort to add the little details, and I, for one, really appreciate it.

  7. Thanks for this pattern. I just linked to it at