Simple socks don't have to be boring. With all the hand painted, variegated, self striping sock yarn available even simple ribbed socks can look like a party in your shoes. Take the socks pictures here; simple ribbed design, but fun bright colors.
There are so many good things about ribbed socks. They fit well and they stay up on your leg. The stretch makes everything a little more forgiving too. Another positive thing is that they are easy and quick to knit; no complicated patterns or counts to remember and track as you knit.
Ribbed patterns not only fit well, but also work well with all the crazy dyed sock yarn I have in my stash. If the color is pooling in an unpleasant way, it is easy to add or subtract few stitches to change the way the color is knitting up without sacrificing fit or a lot of pattern tinkering.
This is a color that was left over from the first year of the Socks That Rock Club. It was a color that I didn't really like at all in the skein and figured it would stay in my stash untouched.
But one of the sock yarn scarves from the Traveling Scarf project I'm working on showed up and the color looked like it would be perfect for the scarf. So I wound a ball and knit my section of the scarf. As I was knitting the scarf, I decided I really did like the colors in the yarn and decided I ought to be able to eek out a pair of simple socks with the leftovers.
So once the scarf section was complete, I knit a square for my leftovers blanket and divided the rest of the yarn into two evenly weighted center pull balls and knit one sock from each ball.
Pattern: My own recipe
Yarn: Socks That Rock - Lightweight
color - Flower Power
Needles: addi TURBO US# 1 (2.5 mm)
Size: women's medium
Notes: Short row toe & heel; 60 stitches around