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MATERIALS: 2 or 3 balls Nomotta Regia 4 (depending on desired length); 2.75 mm (#12; #2 American) double-pointed needles. [Note: The Regia 4 yarn comes in 50 g skeins, with approximately 210 meters per skein. It is interchangeable with most sock/fingering weight yarns.)
GAUGE: Test in stockinette stitch; 34 st = 10 cm (4").
LEG: Cast on 75 sts and divide on 3 needles. Work in K2/P1 rib until leg is 6.5 cm (2.5") shorter than desired length to floor.
HEEL: Stop 18 sts before end of last round. Sl these 18 sts, plus the following 19 sts, on to 1 needle for the heel, and divide the rem 38 sts (the instep) sts evenly on 2 needles. Now work back and forth on heel sts as follows: Row 1 (rs): K1, [S1, K1] to end. Row 2 (ws): S1, P35, S1. Repeat these 2 rows for 6.5 cm (2.5"), ending with Row 1.
TURNING THE HEEL: Row 0 (ws): S1, P18, P2 tog, turn. Row 1 (rs): S1, K3, SSK, turn. Row 2 (ws): S1, P4, P2tog, turn. Row 3 (rs): S1, K5, SSK, turn. Continue to work in this way, with 1 more st on each row, until all the sts have been worked, ending after a rs row.
GUSSET: K up 1 st in each of the outside loops up 1 side of the heel flap (about 18 sts); put the instep sts on 1 needle and pattern across in K2/P1 rib; K up the same number of extra sts down the other side of the heel flap; K to centre of heel. S rem heel sts to first needle; this (centre of heel bottom) is the beg of rounds. Round 1: a. Needle 1:K; b. Needle 2: K2/P1 rib; c. Needle 3: K. Round 2: a. Needle 1: K to 2 sts rem, K2tog, K1; b. Needle 2: K2/P1 rib; c. Needle 3: K1, SSK, K to end. Repeat these 2 rounds until 74 sts rem.
FOOT: K Needles 1 & 3 and rib Needle 2, until foot length to back of heel is 6.5 cm (2.5") less than desired finished length. Stop rib pattern now.
TOE: If necessary, rearrange sts so that there are 18 sts on Needle 1, 37 sts on Needle 2, and 19 sts on Needle 3. Round 1: K. Round 2: a. Needle 1: K to 3 sts rem, K2tog, K1; b. Needle 2: K1, SSK, K to 3 sts rem, K2tog, K1; c. Needle 3: K1, SSK, K to end. Repeat these 2 rounds until 16 sts rem. Graft together.
Copyright 1995 Mabel Corlett. This pattern may be freely shared and distributed so long as it remains fully intact, including this copyright notice, and no profit is made from its distribution or use.