Diagonal Rib Socks

My mom loved to buy knitting patterns. I have a binder full of patterns she purchased that I don’t think she ever knit. One book that I really love, however, is one that she had for a long time, The Complete Book of Knitting by Barbara Abbey (1971). In fact, when I decided I wanted to learn to knit, my mom gave me this book to see if it would help (at that point, it did not).

Like any knitting book, this one has information on how to knit (cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, cables, shaping and so one). Printed on heavy paper with only black and white images the front half of the book is nothing unusual. But the last half…it’s a gift from above. This book is full of over 200 stitch patterns. Wondering how to make the Pineapple Lace Stitch? How about the Twinberry Stripe? Maybe you want to try  the Modified Schiaparelli or the Lazy Daisy. Yeah, it’s here. I’ve been itching to try out a pattern stitch on my basic sock template. It seemed like it was time. Let me introduce you to the Diagonal Rib.

I knew I wanted to try a pattern that twisted around the sock so I skimmed the pictures and found this simple eight row repeat. Let me add a caveat: The patterns in this book are set up to be knit flat and, well, socks are usually knit in the round so the odd side needed to be edited from what the book listed.

The sock pattern itself is my go-to toe up sock pattern. For my socks, I cast on 24 stitches using a US 1 (2.25mm) needle. I increased to 56 stitches and knit plain until just past where my toes meet my feet. Do what fits you, just make sure it’s in multiples of four. Then I began the pattern.

In the round:

  • Round 1 and 2: k2, p2, repeat from around
  • Round 3 and 4: k1, p2, k1 repeat from around
  • Round 5 and 6: p2, k2, repeat from around
  • Round 7 and 8: p1, k2, p1 repeat from around

For the foot, I knit the pattern on the instep, knit plain on the bottom of the foot (and gusset increase).

And that’s all the detail I’m going to give you. Find a basic sock pattern you love (I’m a toe-up girl all the way), work it in multiples of four and knit this pattern.


I always hesitate to use a striped or textured yarn when I’m doing a pattern stitch. I like to either show off the yarn or show off the stitch. For this, I combined them. While I love these socks, much to my dismay the yarn striping did end up overwhelming the diagonal rib pattern. This yarn is beautiful, though

This beauty was purchased at the 2016 Minnesota Yarn Shop from the Double Ewe Yarn Shop. This is Lana Grossa: Meilenweit Funky Stretch (Superwash Wool/Cotton/Polyamid/”Elite”). This was not the shop’s featured Hop yarn. Instead, I was sucked in by the sample. It’s stretchy! I figured that meant it would cuddle up to my chilly feet once it became socks.

This is a very pretty yarn. It was nice to knit with (though a little twisty). I tension the yarn pretty tightly when I’m knitting and I had to constantly remind myself not to do hold it so tight. What’s the point of having stretchy socks if you pre-stretch them out? None, I tell you. None. In the end, they’re not as stretchy as they should be, but I’m okay with that. And now I have another pair of socks for my sock drawer!

Skills required
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Knitting in the round
  • Stretchy bind off

How about you? What do you have on your needles right now? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to share links!

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