Learn How to Knit Toe-Up, 2-at-a-Time, Spiral Rib Tube Socks

An easy, efficient way to knit socks for charity & gift-giving

Easy Sock Knitting Pattern

Are you ready to start knitting socks?

Let’s get right to it!

This is your printed guide to my new free sock knitting class, where you’ll learn to knit toe-up, two-at-a-time, spiral rib tube socks using Magic Loop.

Just to let you know, I did not invent spiral rib tube socks. You’ll find many variations to this pattern, including this one I’m basing this class on. You can find many more on Ravelry.

If you don’t like the way I’ve written out this process, you may find one of the preceding links useful.

Learn about this sock knitting class, including the materials you’ll need, in the introductory video below.

Casting on

To cast on, we’re going to use the Turkish cast on. This is an easy way for us to start at the toes and build the sock upwards from there.

  1. Hold your circular needle tips together and point them to the right. Make a slip knot with one ball of yarn and place it on the lower needle tip.
  2. Wrap your yarn up the back of the needles and down to the front. Do this for half as many stitches as you need. We’ll be starting with 8 stitches, so you’ll do this 4 times. Don’t count the slip knot as a stitch.
  3. Take your yarn end and tuck it between the top and bottom needles. This secures the yarn while you cast on for the second sock.
  4. Repeat this process with your other ball of yarn for your second sock.
  5. Carefully pull your top needle tip away from the yarn. Swing the needle tip towards the loops and carefully knit each stitch through the back loop. When you reach the slip knot, skip it, but keep it on the needle for now.
  6. Grasp the needle tip with the live stitches and pull the cable so that the other needle tip slides into place for the loops on the other side. Then pull the needle tip with the live stitches out so you can knit the stitches on the other needle tip.
  7. Knit the stitches on the other needle tip.

At this point, it’s a good idea to either poke your yarn tail to the wrong side (the purl bump side) or place a clasping stitch marker at the slip knot, so you can keep track of which side of the stitches is the beginning of the round.

Note: From round 2 on, it’s a good idea to knit the first and last stitch of each needle tip through the back loop. This will help tighten the stitches together and prevent laddering.

Need to see this in action? Take a look at the video below.

Knit the Toes

Round 1: Knit into the front and back (Kf&b) of each stitch – except the slip knot. When you reach the slip knot, drop it from the needle. (You can pull the slip knot out or leave it – it really doesn’t matter!) The slip knot will be in between the front of the round and the back. At the end of this round, you’ll have 16 stitches.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: On each needle: *Kf&b, K3, place marker (PM); repeat from * to end.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: On each needle: *Kf&b, knit to marker, slip marker (SM); repeat from * to end.

Round 6: Knit.

Repeat rounds 5 and 6 until the toes of the sock are approximately 3 inches / 7.5 cm across one needle and the total stitch count is divisible by 6.

(For fingering weight yarn, this will be 60 stitches total; the count may vary with your yarn weight. In the video above, you’ll see that for me worsted weight came out to 48 stitches and was 3.5 inches across.)

Knit the Body of the Sock

Now, you’ll begin rounds of spiral rib stitch.

Rounds 7 through 12: *K3, P3, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 13 through 18: P1, *K3, P3, repeat from * to 2 stitches before end of round, P2.

Rounds 19 through 24: P2, *K3, P3, repeat from * to 1 stitch before end of round, P1.

Rounds 25 through 30: *P3, K3, repeat from * to end of round.

Rounds 31 through 36: K1, *P3, K3, repeat from * to 2 stitches before end of round, K2.

Rounds 37 through 42: K2, *P3, K3, repeat from * to 1 stitch before end of round, K1.

One set of this is a full set of spiral rib stitch. Once you’ve finished round 42, you’ll go right back to round 7.

Continue repeating rounds 7 to 42 until you’ve reached about 18 inches, ending with either round 12 or round 30, if possible.

Bind off using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off; weave in ends.

And that’s it!

This post is, for now, a work in progress. I’ll be adding videos, offering tips, and answering questions along the way as we go through the class.

By the way, this class is free for now, but it may go on sale in the future. At the present, though, I hope you’ll enjoy this process and get excited about knitting socks for people in need – as well as gifts for the people you love.

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  1. Hi Nicole … thank you for doing this. It’s been 3 years since you posted it, but I just found you. I have never knit socks before and didn’t even know there was such a thing as sock yarn until I joined a knitting group this year past (doh on ne!) so, I am using Patons Kroy Sock yarn to give it a whirl. Do I start with 8 stitches as well, even though it is a different weight than worsted? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Deb!

      Sorry about the delay in my response–holidays, y’know…

      Anyway! You can really start with 8 stitches regardless of the weight of yarn you use. The important thing is to get up to the right width with your increases. That’s the one thing that remains the same no matter what weight your yarn is. So measure the width of the foot you want to knit for and aim for that ultimate width. You’ll want to then continue your increases until your measures approximately that width and is divisible by 6, since the stitch pattern comprises 6 stitches.

      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  2. Really awesome pattern. Lots of great tips, too. Thank you so much. We must have a similar foot circumference. I went with 48 sts, too, but looks like it may be slightly big in worsted. 42 is also a multiple of 6. I may try that next time if the socks feel too loose after wearing a bit. Thanks again.

    1. You’re very welcome, Tracy! Yes, 42 stitches will likely get you where you want to be in worsted weight yarn. Good luck!

    1. Hello Anita! At the moment I do not have a separate sock-knitting class. You can follow the videos I have posted and the blog post instructions I have here, but for now I don’t have a separate class. I may form one in the future, though I’m planning to focus on a Ravelry course I’m planning first. Thanks so much for your interest!

  3. I just need some one to tell me what is needed and to where to send it Please

    Maybe a couple of different places in the United States or whatever something is needed
    I lost my husband to Covid several months ago n need to keep busy this winter

  4. Thankyou. I knit for the people of pine ridge reservation in S.D. most live in severe poverty. Cannot afford heat. They need warm items.