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Published on August 13th, 2015 | by Angie


How to turn a sock

In the summer, many knitters turn to different kinds of projects to avoid the agony of hot yarn sitting in their laps. From homewares to shawls, knitters get creative. If you’re a knitter who wants to learn more about the art of summer sock knitting, read more on how to turn a sock.¬†

There are many ways to turn a sock, with pros and cons for each technique. Some knitters will only use one method because it feels most comfortable for them – and some knitters flit from one style to the next, depending on how they are feeling that day. Sock knitters are a creative bunch, modifying patterns to fit feet or fit their favorite technique. Here are a few ways to turn the heel on a sock – which one is your favorite?

Knit the sweet tomato heel


Cat Bordhi is the inventor of this technique, though some say it’s similar to the Japanese Short Row method. With this technique, you use short rows to shape the heel, but there’s a difference – you don’t wrap the short rows! This ingenious method picks up slipped stitches and knits them together to close the gaps. This method is my personal favorite – once I got the hang of it, I was obsessed!

Knit a heel flap from the toe up


This video from BloomingKnitter perfectly illustrates how to knit a heel flap when making socks from the toe up. I personally prefer to knit socks from the toe up, because it means I can knit them 2 at a time and avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome. Magpie knitters, toe up 2 at a time is for you! (It takes one to know one!)

Knit a heel flap from the cuff down


Straight from the video archives of the fabulous Very Pink Knits channel is this tutorial on knitting a heel flap when making a sock from the cuff down. She also talks about alternative stitch patterns to give a stronger heel and takes you through the process step by step. Most sock patterns are from the cuff down, so bookmark this video!

Become a sock surgeon with the afterthought heel


If you’re more adventurous than Bear Grylls, this tutorial on an afterthought heel from The Knit Girllls will be right up your street. When knitting this kind of heel, you use waste yarn to mark where you will pick up stitches after the entire sock is finished. This method is a lot of fun but can scare new knitters!

Alright sock experts, which method is your favorite? Are you all about the short rows, or are you dedicated to a heel flap? Tell me in the comments below!


About the Author

Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!

Last updated: August 10th, 2015.

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