With the method that you prefer and your double pointed needles, cast on 50 stitches, preferably loosely, and distribute these stitches onto 4 needles more or less equally.
Join the knitting, taking special care to make sure not to twist the work. Put a marker to indicate the beginning of a round and work twisted ribbing for 12 rounds.
Repeat k 1, purl 1 through back loop
LEG OF THE SOCK
Work for 14 cm repeating these four rounds:
Round 1: knit 1 through the back loop, *p1, k2, p1, k1 through the back loop,* p1, k2, p1.
Round 2: knit 1 through the back loop, *p1, k2, p1, k1 through the back loop,* p1, k2, p1.
Round 3: knit 1 through the back loop, *p4, k1 through the back loop,* p4.
Round 4: knit 1 through the back loop, *p4, k1 through the back loop,* p4.
Key for chart
un punto der. retorcido = knit through the back loop
un punto revés = purl
un punto derecho = knit
Finish with round 4. You will now start knitting the heel on half the stitches, i.e. 25 stitches. The other 25 stitches, that will form the top of the instep, will be kept on hold.
The heel will be knit with short rows, following the method with wrapped stitches. It will be worked in 2 parts.
Row 1: knit 24 stitches. Move the yarn to the front, as if you were going to purl but do not purl. Slip the stitch without knitting it. Turn the work.
Row 2: Slip the first stitch without working it. You should observe that the stitch is “wrapped” at this point and you won’t return to work it during the first part of the heel. Purl until you only have one stitch left on the left needle. Move the yarn to the back, as if you were going to knit it. Slip the last stitch without knitting it. Turn the work.
Row 3: Slip the first stitch without working it and knit until you are at the last unwrapped stitch. Wrap this stitch as you did in Row 1. Turn the work.
Row 4: slip the first stitch without working it. Purl until you are at the last unwrapped stitch. Wrap this last unwrapped stitch in the same way as you wrapped the stitch in Row 2. Turn the work.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 7 wrapped stitches on each side and 11 “free” stitches in the center. You just finished the first part of the heel!
Row 1: knit the 11 “free” stitches that are in the center until you reach the first wrapped stitch. To work this wrapped stitch, lift the yarn that wraps this wrapped stitch and knit both this stitch and its wrappings together. Wrap the next stitch (that will now have two have been wrapped two times). Turn the work.
Row 2: Slip the wrapped stitch without working it and purl until the first unworked wrapped stitch. Proceed in the same way: lift the wrappings of the wrapped stitch and work the wrapped stitch and it’s wrapping together. Wrap the next stitch (which has now been wrapped two times).
In the subsequent rows, you will basically repeat rows 1 and 2, but you will need to lift the two wrappings for every wrapped stitch instead of one wrapping and knit/purl them together with the wrapped stitch. You will of course still wrap the next stitch, turn the work, and continue knitting.
When you have reactivated all the stitches, there will again be 25 “free” stitches. You have finished the heel and can now continue knitting the rest of the sock.
From this point on, knit the top of the instep following the pattern that you worked in the leg of the sock. Knit the sole of the sock so that it will be smooth and won’t bother you while you walk. Continue working the foot like this and circularly until the sock is 5 cms shorter than the desired length (and ending on the fourth row of the pattern).
Round 1: top of the instep: knit 1, k2tog, knit following the pattern of alternating corresponding knitting-purling until there are 3 stitches left on the needle, K2tog, k1
Sole: k1, k2tog, knit all of the stitches until there are only 3 stitches left on the needle, k2tog, k1
Round 2: top of the instep: k2tog, knit following the scheme until there are 2 points left on the needle, k2tog
Sole: Knit all stitches
Repeat round 1 and round 2 until there are only 18 stitches left in total. Redistribute the stitches onto two needles (9 needles on each needle). Close the sock, grafting the stitches, making use of the technique of grafting.
Finally, weave in the ends and fix possible tiny holes that may exist in the part of the heels.