Cast On 32 stitches. Divide evenly over 4 Double Point Needles (8 sts on each needle). Without twisting, Join to knit in the round.
*k1, p1, repeat from* for 25 rows or until cuff is desired length
** Change to CC now if you wish for a different colored heel. **
Knit the following onto one needle:
Row 1: sl1 knitwise, (k1, sl1) 7 times, k1 (16 sts). Note: Be sure all 16 sts are all on ONE needle. TURN
Row 2: sl1 purlwise, p15 TURN
Repeat rows 1 & 2, 9 more times (for a total of 20 rows)
Row 1: sl1, k8, SKP, k1, TURN (4 sts remain unworked)
Row 2: sl1, p3, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 3: sl1, k4, SKP, k1, TURN
Row 4: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 5: sl1, k6, SKP, k1, TURN
Row 6: sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, TURN
Row 7: sl1, k9 across (10 sts)
** If you changed colors for the heel - change back to original color now **
(Working again with all 5 of the needles and in the round)
Using a free needle - this now becomes needle 1, pick up and k11 sts (10 sts along the side of the heel flap and one st between the heel flap and the cuff). Continue across cuff with needles 2 and 3; (k1, p1) 8 times for 16 sts. With needle 4 pick up and knit 11 sts (1 st between heel flap and cuff, and 10 sts up the side of the heel flap), k5 stitches from the heel (off of the last needle). Shift remaining 5 stitches from the last needle to the first needle by slipping purlwise, being careful not to twist stitches.
Needle 1: 16 sts
Needle 2: 8 sts
Needle 3: 8 sts
Needle 4: 16 sts
Row 1: k all sts on first needle, (k1, p1) 8 times, k across last needle.
Row 2: knit to the last 3 sts on the first needle, k2tog, k1, (k1, p1) 8 times, k1, SKP, knit across remaining stitches. (2 sts decreased)
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you've decreased back down to the original 32 sts (8 sts on each needle)
k8, (k1, p1) 8 times, k8 . For a custom length, Repeat until sock foot is 2" from the tips of yours or the recipients toes.
For a gift to someone US 8.5 to 9.5 women's shoe size, knit for 6" (For me this is 22 rows after last gusset decrease).
** change to CC now if a different colored toe is desired **
Rows 1 & 2: k32
Row 3: Needle 1 - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 - k1, SKP, knit across. Needle 3 - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 4 - k1, SKP, knit across. (4 sts decreased)
Row 4: k all sts.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 3 sts remain on each needle (12 sts). With needle 4 knit across needle 1 - all six stitches for the bottom of the foot onto one needle. Slip purlwise all stitches from needle 3 to needle 2. You should now have the 6 stitches for the top of the foot and the 6 stitches from the bottom of the foot on only 2 needles.
Graft toe using kitchener stitch