Sock Season – Free adult ribbed sock pattern


florida orange socks

Sorry, I’ve been off my Blog for a while.  I have been busy making and baking honest – In fact I was doing so many things at once I didn’t finish anything and then I had so many things finished I didn’t know which one to write about – so lets catch up.

Over the last six months I have knitted five pairs of socks (all for me!) and now it’s turned decidedly chilly I’m wearing them.  So here’s one pair – modelled by my foot double – ballet girl!  This is a pattern I’ve been working on perfecting for a while and finally I’m happy with it.

I like to do contrast heels and toes (because I can); but, in this case I didn’t have enough of the orange yarn to knit a whole pair of socks anyway.  I had already used some of the wool for several other projects.  Baby socks, an ice pole cozy and an iphone cozy.  Gotta love mechanic man’s permanently grubby hands – he’s a grafter!ribbed new born baby socks

ice pole cosy

So, for these socks I added blue on the top of the cuff and made the cuffs shorter than I usually do in the hope that I would have enough of the orange yarn. ribby contrast heel toe socks As it happened, I ran out of orange yarn, five rows short of the contrast toe on the second sock – you can just see a few extra rows of blue rib on the sock on the right.  Still no-one will ever notice.  ribby contrast heel toe socksWhat I like most about the sock is the ribbing on the heel and the top of the foot, this makes them a really good fit.  I used a wedge toe with Kitchener stitch closure.

ribbed heel socks

If you would like to knit a similar pair here’s my pattern – it’s not tested, I made notes as I went (and didn’t lose them like I usually do).  If you are already a sock knitter you should be able to follow it. Let me know if you have any problems/questions.

ECOZEE’s Free Ribby Sock Pattern with Contrast Ribbed Heels and Contrast Toes!

Important:  This pattern is free for personal use only – please do not redistribute/sell the pattern in any format or sell socks made using it.


I used 2.75mm needles, Regia sock wool and 64 sts for my size 6 UK (size 8.5 USA) foot.  I have tight tension, so if you have loose tension use 2.5 mm needles – you will need to use 64 sts for the rib pattern to work.  I used four needles for most of the sock (with the stitches on three needles and knitting with the fourth).  For the toe, however, I put my stitches on four needles and knitted with a fifth.  You will need to do this too for the instructions to work out and to avoid counting too much or using stitch markers.


Cast on loosely (larger needles is a good idea) and work the cuff in knit 3, purl 1 rib for as long as you like – add a contrast top if you like.

Divide for Heel:

  1. You will need to knit your heel on 33 stitches for the ribbing pattern to work.
  2. When you get to the end of the last round of your cuff, knit 16 stitches from the next round and then slip 17 stitches from the previous round on to the same needle.  These 33 sts will form your heel.
  3. Change to contrast colour.

Heel Flap:

row 1: slip 1, *p3, k1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts then purl to end.

row 2: slip 1, *k3, p1* repeat * to * to last 4 sts then knit to end.

Repeat the last two rows until 32 rows have been worked.

Turn the Heel:

  1. sl 1, k17, ssk, k1 turn
  2. sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
  3. sl 1, k6, ssk, k1 turn
  4. sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
  5. sl 1, k8, ssk, k1 turn
  6. sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
  7. sl 1, k10, ssk, k1 turn
  8. etc – until you have 19 sts left on your needle.
  9. Join main colour and knit the 19 sts on the heel flap.

Divide for Foot/Gusset:

  1. Slip the last 10 sts on to a new needle and leave the other 9 sts on the heel needle.
  2. Using the needle with the 10 sts on it, pick up and knit the 17 slipped stitches down the side of the heel flap, plus an extra stitch in the corner to help eliminate the hole that can sometimes form here. You should now have 18 sts on this needle.
  3. With another needle, pattern the 31 sts on top of the foot (keeping to the k3, p1 rib pattern).
  4. With the third needle, pick up a stitch in the corner and the 17 slipped stitches down the other side of the heel flap (18 sts) and then knit the 9 stitches from the second half of the heel flap.  You should now have 86 sts in total.
  5. Knit one round, keeping to the rib pattern on the top of foot but just knitting the other stitches.
  6. Each round will now start in the centre of the heel (well, one stitch off centre!).


Round 1: Work one round, knitting every stitch on the heel/sides of foot but keeping rinb pattern on top of foot.

Round 2: Work to last two sts on needle one (heel/side of foot), then knit these last two sts tog, k3, p1 across top of foot, then ssk the first two sts on the other side of the foot, then knit to end.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 64 sts again (your gusset is now complete).

Keep knitting the foot (knit side stitches and rib pattern on top of foot)  until it is approx 1.5 inch shorter than to the end of your big toe.

Toe Decrease:

Change to contrast colour for toe and proceed in knit stitch only for toe.

Wedge Toe:  with the centre of the heel (the sole) as the start of the round, arrange the 64 sts so you have 16 sts on each of four needles.

Round 2:

  • Knit to 3 stitches before end of Needle 1: K2tog, K1.
  • On Needle 2, K1, SSK, Knit to end.
  • Knit to 3 stitches before the end of Needle 3, K2 tog, K1.
  • On Needle 4, K1, SSK, Knit to end.

Round 2: knit one round.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 24 stitches left in total (6 on each needle).  If you have especially pointy toes you could work a few more rounds until you have 20 or even 16 sts left.
You will then need to arrange the remaining stitches on to two needles and graft/Kitchener stitch the two rows together.

Alternative Round Toe:

If you can’t graft/Kitchener stitch your toes – you can do an alternative round toe – this tends to be a bit more pointy which suits folk with pointy toes.

Again, redistribute the 64 sts until you have 16 on each of four needles (you will need a fifth double pin).

Shape the toe as follows:

  • Dec Round 1: *K6, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 6 rounds.
  • Dec Round 2: *K5, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 5 rounds.
  • Dec Round 3: *K4, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 4 rounds.
  • Dec Round 4: *K3, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 3 rounds.
  • Dec Round 5: *K2, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 2 rounds.
  • Dec Round 6: *K1, k2tog; rep from *. Knit 1 round.
  • Next Round: K2tog to end.

To finish, cut the yarn, leaving a 10″ (25.5 cm) tail. Thread tail on a tapestry needle, draw through remaining sts, pull tight to close hole, and fasten off on Wrong side.

Avoiding Second Sock Syndrome

Finally, before you get a cup of tea and bask in the glory of knitting one whole sock it is very important to immediately cast on for the second sock and work a couple of rows. Otherwise you may very well suffer from Single Sock Syndrome and your sock may never get it’s mate.


2 responses »

  1. Hi Jakki

    You are amazing what beautiful socks. Shaun still wears and loves the ones you did for him! They wash brillantly so if you are following the blog and have the patience to knit, it is worth the effort.

    love Mary

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