Worked from the top down, these socks begin with a sturdy yet flexible Twisted German (also called Old Norwegian) cast-on at the cuffs, and end with the Kitchener stitch at the toes.
The leg is worked in a combination of k3, p1 rib with a panel of traveling cables along the front of the leg and top of the instep. A traditional round heel (composed of a heel flap and gusset) provides a comfortable fit, especially for feet that have high insteps.
To create a slight flare that accommodates the calf muscle, one size larger needles are used for the cast-on and upper half of the leg.
Instructions are given for three sizes: About 7 (7 1/2, 8)” (18 [19, 20.5] cm) foot circumference (unstretched), to fit an adult small (medium, large) foot. One skein of yarn is needed for each of the three sizes.
The lower leg and foot are knitted at a gauge of 8.5 stitches/inch on size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) needles. Needles one size larger (U.S. 2/2.75 mm) are used for the cast-on and upper leg.