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Ribbed Waffle Socks Knitting Pattern

Designed by Sandy Turner

Ribbed Waffle Socks Knitting Pattern
Knit by Barbara Breiter; shown in a smaller size than pattern

The ribbed waffle pattern stitch stretches so it will fit men as well as women, yet it stays up.

Gauge:
22 sts and 28 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
DK weight yarn (110 yds to 50g skein). I used Cleckheaton Superwash 8ply crepe.
You'll need 2½ to 3 skeins or 2 skeins of main color and half a skein of contrasting color for heel and toe if desired.
Size 5 US (3.75 mm) set of 4 double points

Instructions

Waffle Pattern:

Rnds 1 and 2: knit
Rnds 3 and 4: *k2, p2 to end

CO 52 sts and distribute on 3 needles (16, 20, 16).

Work 12 rnds k2, p2 rib.

Work in Waffle Pattern until 6 to 8 inches from beg. End with Rnd 4 completed.

Divide For Heel:

Slip last 3 sts of needle 1 and first three sts of needle 3 onto needle 2 (13, 26, 13).
Knit across needle 1, turn.
Slip first st, purl across needle 1, and cont across needle 3 (at this time you will have 26 sts on each of two needles).
Turn.

Work in heel stitch across the needle:
Row 1: *slip 1, k1, rep from * to end. turn.
Row 2: slip 1, purl to end.

Repeat these rows 13 times, for a total of 26 rows. (This gives a heel depth of about 2½". If you require a deeper heel, knit more rows.)

Next row: slip 1, knit 16, k2tog tbl, turn
Next row: slip 1, p8, p2tog, turn
Next row: slip 1, k8, k2tog tbl, turn

Repeat these two rows until you knit the last two sts together at the left side of the heel; do not turn. There will be one spare st at the other side of the heel.

Using another needle, pick up and knit 15 sts along the side of the heel, making sure to pick up one between the heel flap and the instep sts.

Using a third needle, knit across the instep sts (being the next row of the waffle pattern).

Using the fourth needle, pick up and knit 15 sts along the other side of the heel. Using the same needle, knit the spare st together with the next st on the next needle, k4. Place marker if desired to indicate beginning of round, and slip the remaining five sts to the beginning of the next needle.

You will now have your sts on three needles (20, 26, 20).

Knit one round.

Next round:
1st needle: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
2nd needle: Work Waffle Pattern across instep.
3rd needle: k1, k2tog tbl, k to end.

Cont decreasing every other round until needles 1 and 3 have 12 sts. Cont to work in rounds, keeping instep sts in pattern, until the foot is required length, approximately 2 inches less than length of foot.

Shape Toe:

1st round:
1st needle: knit
2nd needle: k1, k2tog tbl, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
3rd needle: k to end.

2nd round: knit

3rd round:
1st needle: knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
2nd needle: k1, k2tog tbl, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1.
3rd needle: k1, k2tog tbl, k to end.

Repeat last two rnds until there are 8 sts each rem on needles 1 and 3. Then repeat last rnd only until needles 1 and 3 have only 4 sts each rem. Finish toe with kitchener stitch, or by turning sock inside out and using a 3 needle bind off. (Holding needles parallel, knit one stitch from each needle together as one, and cast off in the usual way.)

This pattern is my gift to the knitlist. You are welcome to use it on the gift web pages, or to print out copies and share with your friends, provided this copyright notice remains intact. I only reserve the right to publish the pattern in printed media.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.