This is a simple "plain vanilla" sock pattern. Its designed specifically for self-patterning yarns such as Regia and Opal.
Gauge - use a gauge that will fit the wearer comfortably.
Common knitting abbreviations used in pattern:
Cast On - 72 stitches using your favorite cast on technique. Divide stitches evenly among four needles (18 stitches on each needle). Join, being careful not to twist. If needed, place marker to signal where each new round begins.
Cuff - Work K2, P1 ribbing for 2" or desired length.
Leg - Knit in rounds until the sock leg reaches the desired length. The sample sock was knit to 7".
Band Heel - The heel is worked back and forth over 36 stitches (18 from needle 1 and 18 from needle 2). The remaining 36 stitches on needles 3 and 4 will remain unworked for now.
NOTE: You can choose to keep your heel stitches on two needles or you can transfer them onto one needle. Do which ever is easiest for you.
Row 1: Slip 1, K to end.Continue working heel
Row 1: Slip 1, K 12, K2tog, K6, SSK, K13.You should now have 28 stitches remaining on the heel flap. Now its time to add some short row decreasing. Don't panic - remember I said there are no fiddly wrap and turns! The decreases will take care of any space or holes created by the short rows.
Row 1: Slip 1, K16, SSK. Turn leaving remaining stitches unworked.Prepare to work foot - You are now done working the heel. Its now time to redistribute stitches in preparation for knitting the foot. We will also be changing the location of the stitch marker to mark a new beginning point between rounds.
Knit the 8 heel stitches. Pick up and knit 14 stitches along the first side of the heel flap. For the moment, you should now have 22 stitches on needle 1.
Knit across needle 2 (18 stitches).
Knit across needle 3 (18 stitches).
Pick up and knit 14 stitches, placing them on needle 4. Knit 4 stitches from needle 1 onto needle 4. You should now have 18 stitches on each of the 4 needles.
Move your stitch marker to mark the needle 1 where all rounds will now begin.
You have just done the most complicated part of the pattern for me to explain =)
Foot - Knit each round until your sock measures about 2" less then the desired length. If you try your sock on at this point, your sock should fit to the base of your littlest toe. Its now time to begin the toe shaping.
Needle 1: K to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.Round 2: Knit across all needles.
Repeat Round 1 and 2 until you have 4 or 5 stitches remaining on each needle.
Closing the toe - Its time to make a choice.
OR you can close the toe by grafting using the Kitchner stitch Prepare to graft by knitting the remaining stitches on needle #1 onto needle #4. Transfer the stitches from needles 2 and 3 onto one needle. Cut an 18" tail for grafting the ends together. Thread the cut end through a darning needle.
Hold the 2 needles parallel, with the yarn tail coming off the back needle. You will be working from right to left.
Use the darning needle to bring the yarn through the stitches. First make two preporatory moves.
Now its time to continue with the Kitchner stitch