set of 5 #1 DPNs
1 ball (50g) fingering weight sock yarn, super wash wool
stitch marker (optional)
Gauge: 36 stitches/48 rows = 4” stockinette stitch
S (2-4 yrs, 5-6” foot), M (5-8 yrs, 7-8” foot), L (9-12 yrs, 9-10” foot)
CO 48 (56, 64) stitches, divide stitches 12 (14, 16) per needle, place stitch marker at beginning of round.
work K1P1 ribbing for 10 (12, 14) rows.
Pattern (worked over 8 stitches):
Rounds 1-4: *P2, K6 repeat from *
Rounds 5-8: K2, *P2, K6 repeat from * continuously until last 6 stitches of round 8, P2, K4
Rounds 9-12: K4, *P2, K6 repeat from * continuously until last 4 stitches of round 12, P2, K2
Rounds 13-16: K6, *P2, K6 repeat from * continuously until last 2 stitches of round 16, P2
Repeat rounds 1-16 3(4, 4) times (on the last repeat, only work rounds 1-15). The 24 (28, 32) sts on N1&N2 are the instep sts. These are on hold while the heel flap is worked.
The heel flap will be worked back and forth on the 24 (28, 32) sts on N3&N4. Combine 24 (28, 32) heel flap sts onto 1 needle (referred to N1 from here on) while working row 1.
Row 1: SL1, P all stitches
Row 2: *SL1, K1 repeat from * across all stitches
Row 3: SL1, P all stitches
Row 4: SL2, *K1, SL1 repeat from * until last 2 stitches, K2
work these 4 rows 4 (5,6) times, then work Row 1 one more time to prepare to turn the heel.
Row 1: slip 1, K13 (15, 17), SSK, K1, turn
Row 2: slip 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3: slip 1, K6, SSK, K1, turn
Row 4: slip 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 5: slip 1, K8, SSK, K1, turn
continue to work in this fashion until all stitches have been worked. You should have 14 (??, 16) stitches remaining on N1.
RS: Using the same needle (N1), pick up 1 st in each edge stitch along the side of the heel flap. Pick up 1 additional st in the gap between the flap and the instep sts (instep sts are the 24 stitches that have been “on hold” while working the heel flap).
Knit the next 24 stitches in pattern (work row 16 of the pattern) onto one needle (N2). You should now have all your instep stitches on one needle. Using a new needle (this will be N3), pick up 1 st in each edge st along the other side fo the heel flap plus 1 additional st in the gap between the instep sts and the heel flap. Using N3, knit 7 (?, 9) sts from N1 onto N3. You are now at the beginning of your round, you should have half of the heel sts plus sts for one gusset on N1, 24 instep/pattern sts on N2, and the other gussset and other half of heel sts on N3.
N1: knit all stitches
N2 knit in pattern (starting with row 1)
N3 knit all stitches
N1: K all until last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
N2: knit in pattern (starting with row 1)
N3: K1, SSK, knit to the end
repeat rounds 1&2 until you have 48 (56, 64) total stitches left.
Continue to work in above pattern (without decreasing) for 44 (60, 84) rounds or until desired length minus 1.5-2 inches.
N1: Knit all stitches until last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
N2: K1, SSK, K until last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
N3: K1, SSK, K remaining stitches
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Repeat these 2 rounds until 20 total stitches remain. Knit sts on N1 to N3. You should now have 10 sts on each needle.
Finish with kitchner stitch, weave in ends.