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How to Knit a Sock Heel

By June 20, 2013

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Most people, when you ask them why they're intimidated by knitting socks or what kept them from knitting socks before they started, they will say it was (or is) fear of the heel that held them back.

turned heelMy sweet little round heel. Sarah E. White.

I was the same way. The first time I tried it I couldn't believe the instructions could possibly be right. But, of course, if you just trust what the pattern is telling you to do, you'll be through your first heel in no time and you'll have nothing to fear ever again.

I've had a pretty basic heel turning tutorial on the site for years, but if you need more instruction than that, I now have a longer step by step that covers knitting the heel flap and another about doing the heel turn itself. This shows a basic round heel, which is what you'll see in a lot of knitting patterns, but the concepts are the same even if the numbers are a little different. Here you'll learn all about how to knit short rows, perform a wrap and turn and what to do with those wraps when you get back to them.

I hope this helps take the fear out of turning heels for you! (And if you like the look of that wee sock I should have a pattern for it next week.)

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