Whip up these adorable knit socks with texture and small eyelets with our Eyelet Rib Sock Knitting Pattern!
Design Story and Inspiration for the Eyelet Rib Socks
This stitch pattern is really fun and I used it for the Eyelet Rib Beanie, so I knew I wanted to use it again for another project – and it turned out so well!
These colors reminded me of Valentine’s Day, so I decided to release this pattern right around the holiday, but of course they are great for any time of year!
Yarn Options for Socks
There are SO many great yarns out there for knit socks!! (In fact, you can read all about the best yarn for socks here!).
For this pair, I chose a self-striping yarn from Knit Picks called Static. It’s wonderful for socks but it is a limited edition yarn that they don’t restock once it sells out – so if you’re interested check it out here! The colorway used for these socks is WJM.
You can use any sock yarn you like for these socks – they also look great in solid colors!
Eyelet Rib Socks
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Knit Picks Static, 1 skein WJM (437yds/100g)
Needles: 5 dpn, US size 2 (2.75mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker
Style: Cuff to Toe
Finished Size: Small (Medium, Large), 7 (7.75, 8.5) inch circumference to fit shoe size 4-6 (7-9, 10-12)
Sample is seen in size Medium (7-9) to fit a size 9 foot
Gauge: 30 sts and 38 rows = 4” (10cm) in St st
Yarn Over (yo)
Knit 2 Together (k2tog)
Slip, slip knit (ssk)
Rnd 1: *P1, k1 tbl, p1, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1 tbl, p1, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 3 (Inc): *P1, k1 tbl, p1, k1, yo, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: *P1, k1 tbl, p1, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 5 (Dec): *P1, k1 tbl, p1, k3, pass 3rd st on RH needle over the center 2 sts; rep from * around.
Repeat rnds 2-5 for pattern st.
Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back on heel flap.
Eyelet Rib Sock Knitting Pattern
Cast on 52 (60, 64) sts loosely.
Divide sts on 4 dpn’s as follows:
N1: 13 (15, 16) heel sts
N2: 13 (15, 16) instep sts
N3: 13 (15, 16) instep sts
N4: 13 (15, 16) heel sts.
Join and mark beginning of round (BOR).
Work cuff in k2p2 rib for 14 rnds. [1.5” from cast on edge] End at BOR.
Work in eyelet pattern for 52 (62, 62) rnds, completing sts on N3. Stop. [7 (8, 8)” total from the cast on edge.]
Heel Flap with Heel Stitch:
Slip N4 sts onto N1. 26 (30, 32) sts.
With RS facing, work back and forth as follows:
Rw 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k1. Repeat from * to end.
Rw 2: Sl 1 purlwise, p to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until 24 (30, 30) rows are complete. Heel flap measures 1.9 (2.3, 2.3)”.
Note: Sl 1 = slip 1 purlwise
Rw 1 (RS): K14 (16, 18) ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 2: Sl1, p3 (3, 5), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 3: Sl1, k4 (4, 6), ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 4: Sl1, p5 (5, 7), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 5: Sl1, k6 (6, 8), ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 6: Sl1, p7 (7, 9), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 7: Sl1, k8 (8, 10), ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 8: Sl1, p9 (9, 11), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 9: Sl1, k10 (10, 12), ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 10: Sl1, p11 (11, 13), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Rw 11: Sl1, k12 (12, 14), ssk, k1. Turn.
Rw 12: Sl1, p12 (13, 15), p2tog, p1. Turn.
Size 7-9 (10-12) ONLY
Rw 13: (RS) Sl1, k14 (16), ssk. Turn.
Rw 14: (WS) Sl1, p14 (16), p2tog. Turn.
14 (16, 18) sts remain.
Work 7 (8, 9) sts. BOR
With a free needle, knit remaining 7 (8, 9) heel sts. [N1]
Continuing with the same needle, pick up 12 (15, 15) sts along the side of the heel.
Pick up and knit a st from row below the first instep st to prevent a hole. [N1: 20 (24, 25) sts total]
With a free needle, work across 13 (15, 16) instep sts in eyelet pattern as established. [N2]
With a free needle, work across 13 (15, 16) instep sts in eyelet pattern as established. [N3]
With free needle, pick up and knit from row below the first heel st to prevent a hole.
With same needle, pick up 12 (15, 15) sts along side of the heel and work across remaining heel sts. [N4: 20 (24, 25) sts total] BOR
Rnd 1: (Dec Rnd)
N1: Work to 3 sts from end. K2tog, k1.
N2: (Instep) Work even in eyelet pattern.
N3: (Instep) Work even in eyelet pattern.
N4: K1, ssk, work to end.
Rnd 2: Work even (eyelet pattern for N2 and N3, St st for N1 and N4).
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until there are 52 (60, 64) sts remaining (13 (15, 16) per needle).
Continue working in rnds in established pattern (pattern sts for instep, St st for heel sts) until foot measures 7.5 (8.25, 8.75)” from base of heel.
Complete sts on N4. BOR
Shape Toe – Classic Standard
Change to all k sts.
N1: (Sole) Work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N2: (Instep) K1, ssk, work to end.
N3: (Instep) Work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
N4: (Sole) K1, ssk, complete round.
Rnd 2: Work even.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 36 (40, 40) total sts remain. 8 (10, 12) rnds
Work decrease rnd only until 16 sts remain. [8 instep sts, 8 sole sts]
Work sts on N1. Slip sts from N4 to opposite end of N1.
Slip sts from N3 onto N2.
Holding two needles together, graft sts using Kitchener Stitch.
Weave in ends.
Block lightly if desired.
Work second sock.
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Final Thoughts on the Eyelet Rib Sock Knitting Pattern
I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern as much as I’ve enjoyed designing it! These socks were designed by me and knit by my friend Amanda (@amandascrochetcloset on Instagram) – she had a blast knitting up the eyelet rib pattern!