Cuff-Down Socks Class: Gusset!

Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial


Today is our sixth day of the Beginner Sock Knitting Class for Cuff-Down Socks!

Every day for the next week I'll be sharing a tutorial filled with the how's and why's of constructing a sock from the cuff through the toes. At the end of this week-long class I'll provide you with the Basic Cuff-Down Sock pattern (with heel flap) that I've used when filming the lessons so that you can cast-on a set for yourself or a loved one.

If you were hoping to learn how to knit socks from the toes-up, I've got you covered. I'll be running another free sock class starting January 20th for my Basic Toe-Up Socks (with a short-row heel). Again, that class will walk through the construction and will be followed up with the release of the free pattern on January 27th, 2021.

Today we'll be learning:

I've posted the video below along with a few notes and all the links you might need. If you have any questions, you can always email me directly:

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^

PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from from Suburban Stitcher in the Clean Slate colorway. Suburban Stitcher is the featured indie dyer in January for the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long, she generously provided yarn support for the January Socks and all of the Beginner Sock Knitting Classes being offered on in the month of January. You can find all of her beautiful colorways and bases on her site:

Other Lessons in this Series:

Notes and Resources:

  • You can join the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long for just $2 through the end of January, 2021!

  • Remember to sign-up for my newsletter to have the free Cuff-Down Sock pattern (in 12 sizes) delivered to your inbox as soon as it's released on January 13, 2021.

What is a Gusset?

A Gusset is a method of using planned decreases to shape the fabric of the sock to fit the curves of our foot. It's also how we decrease out all those extra stitches that we picked-up along the side of the heel flap.

Pick-Up & Knit (PU/K) Photo Tutorial

If you're needing a bit more info about how to pick up those slipped stitches along the edge of the heel flap, I've got a Step by Step Photo Tutorial that might be useful.

How to Tell if Stitches are Twisted

When you look at the stitch as it's sitting on the needle, the left leg of the stitch should be facing towards the back (away from you) and the right leg should be facing towards the front (nearest you).

Avoiding Holes in the Corners

Need a refresher on how we solved the eternal problem of holes in the corner of your gusset? The video below starts right at the point when I'm discussing this fun technique so it's easy for you to reference back to. (It starts at 6:41)

Written Instructions:

Step 1: Pick-up all the slipped stitches along the side of your heel flap. Don't start knitting your instep stitches, yet.

Step 2: Find the stitch 3 rows down from the stitch closest to the tip of your Left Needle.

Step 3: Using your Right Needle, pick up the left leg of the stitch to the right of the one you found in Step 2 & pick up the right leg of the stitch you found in Step 2.

Step 4: Correctly orient the 2 stitches that you've just picked-up onto your Left Needle. Knit them together (or work a ssk if you want it to slant the other direction).

How To Work a Basic Gusset

The Gusset is worked in the round across all sts.

Set-up: Pick-up and knit (pu/k) the slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap, pu/k 1 stitch between the heel flap and the top-of-foot stitches, place a marker, knit across the instep stitches (the ones that have been left unworked as you made the Heel Flap), place a marker, pu/k 1 stitch between the heel flap and the instep stitches, pu/k the slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap, knit to the beginning of round.

Round 1: Knit to 3 stitches before the marker, knit 2 stitches together (k2tog), knit 1, slip marker, knit to marker, slip marker, knit 1, slip 1, slip 1, knit the 2 slipped stitches together (ssk), knit to beginning of round. (-2 stitches)

Round 2: Knit all stitches.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until you are back to our original number of cast-on stitches. You will have some stitches between the beginning of round & the next marker.

If you have one in place, remove the beginning of round marker. Knit to the next marker. This is the new beginning of round.

That's it!

Next up, we'll work on the Foot! I'll cover that in more detail in tomorrow's lesson. See you then!

More Sock Patterns:

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Tales of Childhood Hat Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Sip of Bobbly Socks

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