Knitting Tips: How to Knit a Sock Heel

Confused about turning the heel on the socks you’re making? Here’s a tutorial that will take you through the process step by step. These instuctions are for the square, or Dutch heel style, which is my go-to choice because I’ve had so much experience with it and like the way my socks fit. There are many different methods, however, which has listed here. They’ve done the same with toe techniques lower down on the same page.

Anyway, here’s the video:

Colonel Mustard Socks


copyright Erin Black

I don’t know about you, but I find knitting socks in solid colors kind of a drag. But once in a while, a pattern pops up that shows off solid colors nicely and is interesting to knit. Colonel Mustard is the latest one I’ve found that fits that bill.  You can access the pattern over  at Ravelry. It calls for size 3 (US) needles and Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino. Let the knitting begin!

Knitting Tips: Toe of the Sock

I like to finish my socks with the 3-needle bind-off, but always had difficulty turning the sock inside out while still on the needles. Then I learned this nifty tip: Instead of trying to shove the toe and needles into the body of the sock, pull the cuff end through the toe hole and voila! It works! And saves a lot of struggling. I use the magic loop method but this should also help when using double-points.

Knitting Tips: Non Slip Sock Bottoms

A quick and easy way to make the soles of your socks or slippers non-skid is to use a product from the hardware store. “Plasti-dip” is a paint like substance marketed for making the handles of tools less slippery. For socks, use a foam paint brush, and daub the Plastidip on to the soles. No more skidding on hardwood or tile floors. It retails for between $6-8.

For a spray on solution, the same company also sells an aerosol package. Seems like the daub on method would be easier to control, though.

Updated 10/17/12

Knitting Tips: Sock Heel Chart

Having knitted so many pairs of socks, by now I can pretty much crank them out without a pattern, except for remembering the numbers for turning the heel. Socks made on 56 stitches, for example, have different heel numbers than those on more or fewer.

Here’s a handy chart for knitting different styles of sock heels, in accordance with the number of stitches cast on at the beginning of the pattern.

Find the chart right over here .

If you’d like to watch a video tutorial about turning heels, I’ve posted a good video here .




Yoga Socks Knitting Pattern

First it was fingerless gloves and now, it’s toeless and heel-less socks! For those whose feet are usually cold, these are perfect for yoga, pilates, or other activities where it helps to have barefoot contact with the floor.  I just completed a pair of fingerless mitts, and as soon as this piece is posted, will be casting on a pair of these. The pattern was posted is offered by Plymouth Yarn in their email newsletter.