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Short Row Heel

Notes

  • Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.
  • Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches, having knit the leg or foot 0.5 [0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2]” / 1.3 [1.9, 2.5, 3.2, 3.8, 4.4, 5] cm less than your desired length. Directions for toe-up and cuff-down remain the same regardless of the sock construction (either toe-up or cuff-down).
  • General Foot information – can be found here.
  • Sample – was knit on a 60-stitch count.

Glossary

  • K: Knit.
  • P: Purl
  • W&T: Wrap and turn.

Toe-Up Directions

Continue knitting across the first needle in the established pattern. You will be working inward toward the center of your heel, working the stitches on your second needle flat using short rows.

Row 1: K23 [25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35], w&t.
Row 2: P22 [24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34], w&t
Row 3: Knit to 1 stitch before the last w&t, w&t.
Row 4: Purl to 1 stitch before the last w&t, w&t.

Repeat rows 3-4 until you have a total 8 [9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12] wrapped stitches on each side of your heel, you’ll have 8 [8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12] unwrapped stitches in the center. You’ll now begin working back towards the outside stitches of the heel. You will be wrapping the stitch after the one you work together, so now this stitch has two wraps on it.

Row 1: Knit to your first wrapped stitch, knit the wrap and stitch together, w&t.
Row 2: Purl to your first wrapped stitch, purl the wrap and stitch together, w&t.
Row 3: Knit to wrapped stitch, knit both wraps and the stitch together, w&t.
Row 4: Purl to wrapped stitch, purl both wraps and the stitch together, w&t.

You’re now ready to begin working on the leg of your sock.


Cuff-Down Directions

Continue knitting across the first needle in the established pattern. You will be working inward toward the center of your heel, working the stitches on your second needle flat using short rows.

Row 1: K23 [25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35], w&t.
Row 2: P22 [24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34], w&t
Row 3: Knit to 1 stitch before the last w&t, w&t.
Row 4: Purl to 1 stitch before the last w&t, w&t.

Repeat rows 3-4 until you have a total 8 [9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12] wrapped stitches on each side of your heel, you’ll have 8 [8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12] unwrapped stitches in the center. You’ll now begin working back towards the outside stitches of the heel. You will be wrapping the stitch after the one you work together, so now this stitch has two wraps on it.

Row 1: Knit to your first wrapped stitch, knit the wrap and stitch together, w&t.
Row 2: Purl to your first wrapped stitch, purl the wrap and stitch together, w&t.
Row 3: Knit to wrapped stitch, knit both wraps and the stitch together, w&t.
Row 4: Purl to wrapped stitch, purl both wraps and the stitch together, w&t.

You’re now ready to begin working on your foot.

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