I love looking down and seeing this sock on my feet.
1 skein (258 yards) Knit Picks Hawthorne Sport in Fremont
One pair of US #3 (3.25 mm) circular needles in your preferred length for magic loop. I prefer 24” for this so I can avoid a lot of sliding of the yarn on the cables, but many people prefer 32” or even 40”.
24 sts and 36 rows = 4”/10 cm
2 stitch markers
CO 8 sts on each needle using your preferred toe up cast on (my preference is the Turkish CO); 16 sts
Setup rnd: Knit all sts.
Rnd 1: (on each needle) K1, kfb, knit until 3 sts rem, kfb, k2; 10 sts per needle, 20 sts total.
Rep Rnd 1 until there are 16 sts on each needle (a total of 32 sts). Then:
Rnd 1: Knit all sts.
Rnd 2: (on each needle) K1, kfb, knit until 3 sts rem, kfb, k2; 18 sts per needle, 36 sts total.
Rep the above 2 rnds until there are 24 sts on each needle (a total of 48 sts).
Now that you’re done with the increases, knit all sts (no increases) for 6 rounds. The toe is complete!
We’ll now refer to the instep needle as N1 and the sole needle as N2.
Begin the lace
Rnd 1: (N1) Work rnd of lace chart, (N2): Knit all sts.
Work above rnd until you’re 2.75” away from the end of your heel.
If you’re deciding between now and a ¼” longer, I suggest you start the heel now. A sock that’s too big doesn’t fit well and sock yarn stretches if it’s a bit snug.
Setup Rnd 1:, (N1) Work next rnd of chart, (N2) K1, lli, pm, k to 1 st rem, pm, rli, k1; 22 sts on N1, 26 sts on N2.
Setup Rnd 2: Knit all sts on both needles.
Rnd 1: (N1) Work next rnd of chart, (N2) k until m, lli, sm, k to m, sm, rli, k to end; 2 sts inc’d on N2.
Rnd 2: Knit all sts on both needles.
Rep above 2 rnds until you have 46 sts on needle 2.
The heel flap is worked flat, only over N2 (the gusset needle). The other needle just stays unworked. Slip marker as you come to it (it’s placed in Setup Row 1). Remove the other markers you placed for working the gusset while you’re working Setup Row 1.
Setup Row 1 (RS – worked flat just on N2): K23, pm, k2, ssk, k1, turn.
Setup Row 2 (WS): Sl1, p until m, sm, p2, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 1: Sl 1, k until 1 st bef gap, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p until 1 st bef gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Rep above 2 rows until there are 2 sts rem unworked on each side of the gusset.
Next Row: Sl 1, k until 1 st bef gap, sssk. DO NOT TURN.
You’ll now be working in the round again.
Setup Rnd: (N1) Work next rnd of chart, (N2) K3tog, k to end
Rnd 1: (N1) Work next rnd of chart, (N2) K all sts.
The heel turn is done! Your footie is almost complete!
Return to knitting in the round.
Next rnd: Purl around.
Rnd 1: *K1tbl, p1, rep from * until end.
Rep above rnd for 1”.
Weave in both ends and block. Make the second footie.