1 skein of Sweet Georgia Handpainted Sock Yarn [100% Merino Wool; 400 yds]
US1 (2.5 mm) 40 inch (1.02 m) circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
29 stitches and 40 rows per 4 inches (10.16 cm)
Women's size medium.
The foot or leg can be lengthened, if needed.
The heel flap can be made longer or shorter by changing the number of stitches picked up along the side appropriately.
Using Judy's Magic Cast-On, cast on 36 stitches.
Knit the following two rounds until there are 64 stitches:
Round 1: Knit plain.
Round 2: [K1, M1, K to last stitch of that half of the needle, M1, K1] 2 times
The beginning of the round starts on the left side of the foot. The first 32 stitches are called the "instep" and the second 32 stitches are called the "sole."
*Work instep stitches (k2, p2, k2, p2, k16, p2, k2, p2, k2), work sole stitches (k2, p2, k24, p2, k2)*
Repeat from * to * for 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) or desired length, about 2 inches (5.08 cm) shorter than the length of the foot from tip of toe to back of the heel.
Work across the 32 instep stitches in pattern.
Leaving instep stitches on the cable part of your needle or on a stitch holder, work heel flap back and forth across the 32 sole stitches using the following two rounds:
Row 1: slip 1, knit to end
Row 2: slip 1, purl to end
Repeat these 2 rows 12 times.
Row 1: K21, k2tog, k1, turn work.
Row 2: Slip1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k to gap, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p to gap, p2tog, p1, turn.
Work rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked across and 22 stitches remain on the heel.
Begin the Gusset
Knit back across the heel stitches.
Using the same needle, pick up 12 stitches in the slipped stitches along the edge of the heel flap, plus one stitch in the corner between the heel flap and the instep.
Arrange the needle for working in the round once again and work across the instep stitches in the pattern.
Pick up 1 stitch in the corner between the instep and the heel flap, then pick up 12 more stitches along the edge of the heel flap.
Knit the remaining sole stitches plain, then work the instep stitches again in the pattern.
The beginning of the round is now on the right side of the foot. The 48 sole stitches are are on one half of the loop and the 32 instep stitches are on the second half. It is now time to begin the back half.
Round 1: K1tbl, ssk, k10tbl, k22, k10tbl, k2tog, k1; work the instep stitches in the pattern.
Round 2: Knit the back stitches plain, work the front half in the pattern.
Round 3: K1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before the front half, k2tog, k1; work the front in the pattern.
Work rounds 2 and 3 until there are 32 stitches on each half of loop, 64 stitches total.
Begin knitting both sides of loop in the original instep pattern.
*(k2, p2, k2, p2, k16, p2, k2, p2, k2), two times*
Repeat from * to * for 5 inches (12.70 cm), or to desired length.
Switch to k2, p2 ribbing and knit for 0.5 inch (1.27 cm), or to desired length.
Bind off using the Sewn Bind-Off, or bind-off very, very loosely.
Weave in ends.
Repeat to make the second sock.
Dance around your living room in them! I would not, however, suggest burning yourself alive if you're a muggle.