Cuff-Down Socks Class: Heel Turn!

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


Today is our fifth 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 Short Row?

A Short Row just means that you're not working every stitch in a row before turning around and going back the other direction. When working short rows you will need to do some sort of special technique to prevent holes in your knitting. (Unless you're intending for the holes as a design feature, but you usually don't want pre-made holes in your sock heels.)

Why Are Short Rows Used?

When we make Short Rows as we turn the heel we are basically forcing the Heel Flap to fold in on itself slightly and stay that way because we're taking away stitches (and decreasing the width) with every row that we make. This shaping creates the "cup" that your heel sits in when you wear the socks.

How To Work a Basic Heel Turn

The heel turn is the short-row shaping that is used to make the heel of the sock rounded & formed to your foot. It is worked across the live sts from the heel flap you’ve just finished making.

Row 1 (RS): Knit 2 stitches more than 1/2 of your Heel Flap stitches, slip slip knit (ssk), knit 1, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Slip 1, purl 5, purl 2 stitches together (p2tog), purl 1, turn.

Row 3: Slip 1, knit to 1 stitch before the gap, ssk, knit 1, turn.

Row 4: Slip 1, purl to 1 st before gap, p2tog, purl 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all heel stitches have been worked, ending after working a Wrong Side row.

Note: Depending on the size you’re making, your final 2 rows might end by working a ssk/p2tog without a knit 1 or purl 1 following the decreases.

Final Row: Knit across all heel stitches. This is your new beginning of round.

Remember, always slip your stitches as if to purl so that you don't twist them! (Unless your pattern tells you otherwise.)

That's it!

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

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