This basic instruction refers to size 38/39, knitted with 2-3 mm needles in quality
Meilenweit from Lana Grossa (210 m/50 g). Measurements for other sizes are given in table of sizes (PDF).
Cast on 60 sts evenly across 4 needles (= 15 stitches on each needle), join in
round. End of yarn, and thus change of rounds, at centre back, between 1st and 4th needle.
Work several centimetres in border patt (alt K1, P1). Cont in basic patt.
Suitable basic patt: small rib, cable or eyelet patt or simply stst. Work basic patt so
that sts on needles 2 and 3 are continued subsequently in patt g on top of foot, while sts
on needles 1 and 4 are worked in stst at the end of heel.
When work measures approx. 20 cm start the heel. Leave the sts on needles 2 and 3
unworked and for the back of the heel work 28 rows in st.st on needles 1
and 4. Then work the heel turn divide the heel sts evenly over three
1st row (RS): knit the sts from needles 1 and 2, *slipping the last st from needle 2, knit
the 1st st. from needle 3 and psso, turn.
2nd row: Slip the 1st st purlwise, purl sts on needle 2, purling the last st of needle 2
tog with 1st st of needle 1, turn.
3rd row: Slip the 1st st purlwise, K sts on needle 2.
Rep from * until all sts on needles 1 and 3 are used up.
Pick up heel sts: divide the needle 2 sts on to two needles (originally
needle 4 and 1) and work in rounds again. K sts on needles 4 and 1, then pick up one st
from the heel edge in every 2nd row and in the corner between heel edge and leg make 1
st., picking up horizontal loop and K tbl. Work unworked sts on needles 2 and 3 in basic
patt. Pick up a further 15 sts (as described above) from the 2nd heel edge using needle 4
and K rem 5 sts. On needle 1 and 4 there are now 5 sts more than at the start of heel.
Decrease: in every 3rd row on needle 1 K tog second and third last sts, on needle 4: K1,
sl 1, K1, psso.
Rep until the same amount of sts are on needle 1 and 4 as at the beginning of heel.
Work foot again in rounds. Work stitches on needles 2 and 3 in basic patt,
stitches on needles 1 and 4 in stocking stitch. When foot measures about 20 cm from centre
of heel start toe.
Work all stitches in stocking stitch. Decrease: on needles 1 and 3 K tog second and third
last sts, K last stitch. K 1st stitch on needles 2 and 4, slip 2nd stitch knitwise, K 3rd
stitch, psso. After 1st decrease round, work 3 rounds in stocking stitch, after 2nd and
3rd decrease rounds, work 2 rounds each in stocking stitch, after 4th, 5th and 6th
decrease round, work 1 round each stocking stitch, then decrease in every foll round until
8 sts remain. Thread end yarn twice through the 8 stitches and sew off.