5mm Circular needle (the longer the better)
I used 1 strand of 4ply cotton and 1 strand of a 4ply acrylic yarn.
(Naturally, if you choose to use a smaller yarn, you will need a smaller needle)
Cast on using the figure of eight method you will find useful instructions and photographs here.
(Also use the instructions on these pages for the knitting of socks on circular needles (Magic Loop) method)
continue to increase sts until you have 22sts each side of sock, (44sts for each sock)
Decide which side you will use as the sole, and which will be the upper.
For the sole sts, continue in stocking stitch.
For upper sts, use this pattern.
1st: *K10, P1, rep from * to end.
2nd and every alt row: *K10, P1, rep from * to end.
3rd: As 1st
5th: *K1, (yon, K1) x3, (K2tog tbl) x3, P1, rep from * to end.
7th: *K1, (K1, yon) x3, (K2tog tbl) x3, P1, rep from * to end.
9th: As 5th.
11th: As 7th.
13th: As 5th.
15th: As 1st.
17th: As 1st.
19th: *(K2tog) x3, (K1, yon) x3, K1, P1, rep from * to end.
21st: *(K2 tog) x3, (yon, K1) x3, K1, P1, rep from * to end.
23rd: As 19th.
25th: As 21st.
27th: As 19th:
28th: As 2nd.
Rep this pattern for sock upper (continue to St St for sole) until required length has been reached and the sock has covered your foot and has reached your leg.
Working on one sock at a time:
Row 1: *Sl1, K1* repeat across the 22 sole sts
Repeat these 2 rows for 22 rows or until the heel flap is the length you want it. Ending on a WS row
Turn the Heel:
1. Starting on the right side, knit halfway across the heel flap 11 sts. Sl1, K1, psso. K1. Turn.
2. P until you reach the st before the gap, P2tog, P1. Turn.
3. Sl1, K across to the gap (where you turned), slip the first stitch before the gap, K the stitch on the other side, psso, K1. Turn again.
4. P across to the gap. P2tog across the gap. P1. Turn.
Continue in this way until all the heel flap stitches have been used up.
Pick up and knit 12 sts from the side of heel flap.
Pattern across the 22 stitches that were held aside for the top of the foot.
Pick up 12 stitches down the next side and knit across heel sts
Round 1: knit all stitches,
Round2: knit to within 3 stitches of the end the picked up sts, K2tog, K1, pattern across the upper sts to the picked up sts on the other side of heel, K1, SKP, knit to the end.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have a total of 44 sts.
Repeat these steps for the second sock.
Knit lace pattern as used for the Upper until leg length required is reached.
Knit 6 rows K1, P1 rib, cast off in rib.