Broken Rib Shorties

Skill Level: Beginner -Intermediate (previous sock knitting experience required.)

Yarn weight: fingering

Yarn amount needed(approx): Size Small -44g, Medium- 60g, Large-75g

Gauge: 1" x 1" stockinette in the round =10.5 rows x 8.5 stitches 

Needle size: 2.25mm or whatever size needed to obtain gauge 

Sizes: S(M,L)

Small= 7-8" circumference, Med=9-10" circumference, Large=11-12" circumference  

I used Lang Jawoll to knit my pair. Yarns used by testers included: Kroy sock yarn,Twinkle knits, Haute Knits,West yorkshire spinners, Sunshine yarn, Gauge dyeworks & giddy yarns. 


CO-cast on



SSK-slip slip knit

K2tog- knit 2 together

P2tog-purl 2 together

Slp 1 -slip 1 stitch 

Pattern is written for magic loop. Can be knit on 9' circ's or DPN's but you will need to adjust the pattern accordingly. 


CO: 56 (64,72) stitches

K2,P2 for 15 rounds


Round 1: K across 28 (32,36) stitches (back of sock), K1, P1 across remaining 28 (32,36) stitches (front of sock)

Round 2: K all stitches

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 once more for a total of 4 rows

Heel Flap:

Row 1: *Slp 1, K1* across 28 (32,36) stitches, turn 

Row 2: Slp 1, *P across remaining 27 (31,35) stitches

Repeat rows 1 & 2 for a total of 14 (16,18) times or 28 (32,36) rows

Heel Turn:

Set up:Slp 1 st, K14, SSK, K1, turn

           Slp 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 1: K until 1 stitch before gap, SSK,K1, turn

Row 2: P until 1 stitch before gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Repeat row 1 & 2 until all stitches are worked and 16 (18,20) remain, cut yarn* 

*Cutting the yarn is optional. This is how I prefer to knit my socks magic loop because then I can keep all the foot stitches on needle 1 and the front of the sock on needle 2. That way I am decreasing only on needle 1. 

Gusset decrease

Pick up 1 stitch between back and front of sock to close the gap, pick up 14 (16,18) stitches along the side of heel flap, K across, Pick up 14 (16,18) stitches down the other side of the heel flap, pick up one extra stitch in between front and back of sock to close gap. (needle 1)

K1,P1 across front of sock (needle 2)


Round 1:K1, SSK, K until 3 stitches remain, K2tog,K1 (needle 1)

              K across front of sock (needle 2)

Round 2:K across back of sock (needle 1)

              K1, P1 across front of sock (needle 2)

Repeat these 2 rounds until you get back to your original total stitch count of 56(64,72)


Round 1:K across ALL stitches (both needles)           

Round 2: K across bottom of sock (needle 1)

                K1,P1 across top of sock (needle 2)

Repeat until you are ready to start your toe decreases, generally this is when you are ~2" from the tips of your toes. If you are unsure when to start your toe and cannot try them on I found a great blog post with multiple charts explaining when to start toe decreases for most shoe sizes! Check it out HERE.

Toe decreases

Round 1: K1,SSK, K until 3 stitches remain, K2tog,K1 (needle 1) & Repeat for stitches on Needle 2. 

Round 2: K all stitches

Continue until 10 (12,14) stitches remain on each needle and kitchener stitch together

Weave in ends, block

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