Let’s Learn To Make Socks: Lesson 3 – Turn Heel

Finished Heel Flap
Finished Heel Flap

Turning the heel of the sock, is usually where problems occur for knitters. All that is happening is short row shaping, forming the “cup” of the heel and “turns” the heel to create the beginning of the foot. This section of the heel is worked back and forth, as for the flap. “Turn” means the same as when you finish a regular row of knitting, and turn your work, but here you are leaving unworked stitches behind when turning (why it’s called short row shaping).

Pattern Instructions: Turn Heel

The last instructions asked you to work row 1 once more for the heel flap. The wrong side is now facing you. (Note: slip all stitches purlwise)

  • Row 1: purl 18, p2tog, p1, turn.
  • Row 2: slip 1, k5, k2tog, k1, turn.
  • Row 3: slip 1, purl to 1 stitch before the last turn (you’ll see a gap where the last turn was), p2tog, p1, turn.
  • Row 4: slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before the last turn (again a gap), k2tog, k1, turn.
  • Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all stitches are used up, ending with a right side row. A total of 18 stitches remain.

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See you next time for picking up stitches to form gusset and working the foot.

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