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Heel Flaps Are BACK – The New “Faux-Heel-Flap” Toe-Up Sock

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Heel Flaps Are BACK – The New “Faux-Heel-Flap” Toe-Up Sock

Liat Gat - Founder

July 20, 2012

Wait - heel flaps are BACK? Yes, and better than ever. This integrated "faux" heel flap for toe-up socks lets you adjust for high insteps and more.

Closeup of a turned heel and heel flapWait – heel flaps are BACK?

I thought we got rid of heel flaps when the world discovered the no-holes Fleegle heel!

Nope – turns out we just took a breather while a newer, better heel flap was in the works.

It’s not that I don’t love the Fleegle heel, but my lovely readers and I kept bumping into a few problems with it.

Three reasons why the (beloved) Fleegle heel is not necessarily the best and only way to turn a heel:

1) You can’t adjust the heel for a high instep.

2) You can’t do the heel in a different color if you want two-tone socks.

3) You can’t add fun heel-flap patterns like the eye-of-the-partridge heel.

But a traditional top-down heel flap isn’t perfect either, because

1) You have to knit the sock top-down. Ugh.

2) It’s hard to know when to start the heel flap.

3) You have to pick up stitches.

Isn’t there some way to turn a heel on a toe-up sock that solves all of these problems?

Well, it was mighty hard to find good toe-up heel-flap sock patterns on the web, so, with the help of Miriam Felton’s tutorial, I created a basic pattern that we all can use.

Finally: A Toe-Up Sock With The Perfect Heel Flap

Purple toe-up socks with heel flap, shown out of car windowI’m not afraid to call this heel flap perfect! It really does solve all the problems listed above, and I teach you how to do it on today’s video.

The beauty of this heel flap is that you can add a pattern to the heel, even make it in a different color if you want, and never have to pick up stitches or guess when you should start.

You can easily adjust it for a high instep (or a really high instep) and never have socks that are too tight around the ankle.

There are no seams, no holes, and it’s really fast. So fast, in fact, that it only takes a 12-minute video to do the entire thing, and that’s with me explaining each step carefully.

Excited yet?

“The perfect toe-up heel flap has no holes, no picking up stitches, and is adjustable for high insteps.” Click to Tweet

But wait! There’s more.

Practice All Your Superstar Skills On This One Heel Flap

You know I never like to pass up an opportunity to challenge you, dear reader, to use all your skills.

Another reason to love this toe-up heel-turn technique is that’s it’s basically a compact little exercise for practicing many of the skills you’ve learned while following this blog.

In fact, while making the video I started to sound like a commercial for some sort of KnitFreedom “app store” – there’s a video for that! There’s a video for that, too!

Any of these sound familiar?

  • Knitting fast
  • Recognizing when it’s time to increase
  • Counting your stitches fast
  • Wrapping and turning
  • Picking up and knitting wraps on the purl side
  • Purling backwards
  • Reading your work

These are the skills and tricks that you’ll use, time and time again, on complex projects, and we are going to practice all of these in the video. All in 12 minutes.

Video: How to Knit the Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

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Now let’s put these skills to work on the long-awaited basic worsted-weight toe-up heel-flap sock pattern. I’ve included tons of video links, so you’ll have my help every step of the way.

Download The Toe-Up Heel-Flap Sock Pattern Here

Ready to get your hands on this free pattern? It’s written for worsted-weight yarn so that it goes fast and you learn all the skills with a minimum of plain knitting.

Purple Malabrigo Toe-Up Heel Flap Socks, seen from the topGet it now:
Check out more pictures and read about the pattern here.

What about a fingering-weight version?

I’ve got a pattern for that too! Go to the fingering-weight faux-heel-flap toe-up sock pattern.

Next Week: An Advanced Bind-Off You Can Use With This Pattern

See the fun picot edging at the top of the socks in the photos?

Well, picot edging isn’t just for top-downers any more. Coming next week: decorate your cuffs with the stretchy picot hemmed-edge bind-off!

Keep Learning: Get The “How To Knit Toe-Up Two-at-a-Time Socks” Video E-Book

Are you going to try this pattern? Leave a comment! I love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. Hi Liat,
    Thank you so much for your videos and tutorials. I have been too intimidated to try knitting socks with heel flaps, but after watching your video tutorial, I cannot wait to try.

    1. Hi Tania,

      Hooray! I’m so happy that this tutorial has helped you! You are going to love toe-up socks and I can help you if you have any questions.

      PS This socks doesn’t really have a heel flap. 😜 When you are ready to do a real heel flap, we do have a top-down pattern that is really easy.

      Happy knitting!

    1. Yes absolutely! You can substitute them according to the directions in this post:

      “On each row, work one extra stitch than the pattern indicates before turning, slipping the stitch, and creating the double stitch.

      If your pattern says “K40, W&T, P22, W&T, continue working back and forth, working until one stitch before the wrap and turn, W&T,” you would substitute GSR (German Short Rows) as follows: “K41, turn, slip, create double stitch, P23, turn, slip, create double stitch, work up to next double stitch, turn, slip, create double stitch.”

      I hope that helps!

  2. Hi Liat,
    I love knitting TAAT toe up socks using Judy’s magic cast on and magic loop, fingering weight yarn. I am stuck at the heel. I usually use your fleegle heel instructions but my socks wear out mostly on the bottom of the heel. Can I use the slip stitch method for this part of the sock (is this the gusset?). I don’t know if I have to change the stitch numbers to do this. I don’t visualize very well in 3D so I have a problem with heel instructions. I appreciate any advice that you can give me.
    Thank you so much. Congratulations on your new baby. You are the best!
    Kind regards,

  3. I found *you* last year when I was looking for a better sock heel and found my way to your perfect heel flap. I love it and it’s my favorite way to make socks (toe-up, perfect heel flap, eye of the partridge). All my socks have this basic recipe now. Thanks for all you do!

  4. The Fleegle can easily be adjusted for a high instep. I do it on every pair I knit for myself and a friend. I start the increases earlier and have more stitches over the instep. Absolutely a necessary adjustment after haven broken my ankle. And it still fits the other foot perfectly, with the adjustments and much easier to pull on.

  5. Hi Liat, I have been knitting two at a time, toe up socks with a gusset and turning heels just as you’ve shown for years. I’ve never knitted top down socks so I can only suppose you call this a ‘faux flap’ because with top down it flaps until you pick up stitches to anchor it in place? I love knitting socks and turning a heel well is one of the most satisfying things in knitting. That is a good video to encourage more toe up sock knitters. I only wish magazines featured toe up sock patterns as often as top down!

    1. Hi Patricia,

      Incredible! I love that you’ve skipped top-down socks completely. Yes, the flap on a top-down sock really does flap until you pick up stitches along both sides. I agree with you, it would be great if toe-up socks were featured more. I recently read Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Book of Socks which was wonderful but I think only one or two, if that, of the maybe 20 patterns, were toe-up.


  6. Why can’t I download the video or pattern. When I click on the pattern link it says it doesn’t exist. I am a life time member

    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Cindy,

      Sorry for the trouble there!
      I am sending you an email regarding this issue, thanks for pointing it out.


  7. Any plans on a faux heel flap toe up sock pattern for dk weight yarn? I love this pattern but am very interested in using dk weight and am struggling with figuring out the numbers.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Lynn, great question! I would love to work on a DK version of the faux heel flap sock! I will not be able to get to it right away but I have added it to my list and will work on it after the Charts class launches. Thanks so much for your comment and for being part of KnitFreedom!

  8. I’ve been knitting the Fleegle heel for years – with a gusset – and I have very high arches, that’s one reason why I use it over a short row heel.
    I also use Eye of the Partridge on my heels – it’s easy to do if you use an odd number of stitches on the sole needle. It almost automatically shifts the knit/slip pattern.
    You can change the color of the heel, but it will be a triangle, not what we are traditionally used to.
    I don’t get holes I have to sew up and I can leave a few extra stitches for the legs and my fat ankles.
    That said, I’m going to try your faux heel because I followed a pattern that uses a heel flap and I changed the number of stitches and can’t figure out how to convert. (The gusset increases are on the top of the instep, something I have never knitted before. Your pattern looks very flexible and easy. Thank you.

    1. Skye Jameson - Knitting Expert

      Hi Kathi,
      Wow! I am very impressed. You seem to be an excellent knitter! I am so sorry for the delayed response. There was a bit of a mix-up. Thank you so much for trying out the Faux Heel pattern. It does have flexible heel options, including the Eye-of-the-Partridge heel. I really think you will be happy with it. If you need to add stitches, I don’t think it will be a problem. I know this because I have big feet and changed the stitches on my socks when I knit them.😊

      If you do run into any problems or questions, please let me know,
      ​Thanks again, and Happy Knitting!

    1. Hi Cate,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It’s lovely to meet you. I’m sorry it took me so long to reply – I’m back on top of comments now!
      I really appreciate that you commented and I hope you are enjoying making the socks. I’m glad you are a subscriber to KnitFreedom – that means what when I publish a new post or pattern, you’ll be the first to hear about it. Thanks so much!

  9. I’m interested in the fingering weight pattern but the download link isn’t working for me. Is there another way to get it, is it even available still?

  10. Sherie Rodrigues

    Hello Liat. I don’t know if I could knit your slippers. I just want to watch you knit. Mesmerizing. You are very clever and generous with your art and your time. Thank you so much for teaching the masses. Lots of hugs from Sherie.

  11. I’ve watched the video, signed up for the newsletter – and knitted my first pair of knit freedom toe up socks – delighted. BUT this worsted weight faux heel flap pattern in pdf won’t display. Please fix the glitch! I emailed the happiness team – who sent a hopeful reply……There’s nothing else like this – looking forward to trying it!
    thank you

    1. Hello Julie, So sorry for the glitch. It’s up and running again…Yippee~~~ Glad to hear that you are so stoked!

      Happy Knitting

  12. Liat thank you so much for this wonderful technique for toe up socks with the faux heel flap. I made one pair with fingering weight and love everything about them, the fit, the look, and the ease in knitting them! I am now knitting another pair, but with a sport or dk weight yarn thinking I could figure out the math. But alas am unable to do so?! Would you be willing to share the formula of this great heel?
    Thank you

  13. I love these toe up socks. Usually make the 12 sts faux heel flap. I need a 20 sts heel flap. The 24 sts heel flap is too wide for the worsted weight yarn ; but cannot seem to modify the patterns to get the 20 sts. heel flap. Need help PLEASE!!!!
    Thank You

    1. Nevermind! I should have checked the results of my search on your website first. I found it!! Thanks for everything you do!!! You are a huge inspiration!

    1. Hi Virginia,

      This pattern doesn’t use a provisional cast-on, so I’m not sure what you’re asking about. What kind of instructions are you looking for?

  14. I am making the worsted socks from your ebook and wanted to make the heel flap instead of the fleegle heel on the pattern. I am a very new & very inexperienced sock knitter so I’ve been watching your videos and have gotten to the heel flap and I am so excited about that…but I am not sure that I am ending correctly. I had 32 stitches on my heel needle after the gusset increases and turned the heel and still had the 32 stitches but when I finish the heel flap I am ending up with only 12 stitches so I know that I am doing something wrong!! Help!!! :)
    Thank you so much for your videos…they are awesome!!

    1. Hm, you should end up with 16 stitches on the heel needle once you finish the heel flap. You’re not too far off, though. Maybe you did a few too many rows? Try it one more time and check the directions carefully as you go. Let me know…

  15. Hi Liat,
    Thanks for this video I’ll be making this sock. Hey, I was wondering. I’ve seen numerous sock patterns in my search for knowledge about sock knitting. I have yet to successfully make a pair ;-). I was wondering what is the difference between using a wrap and turn for a short row as opposed to a ssk or k2tog version of short row. Is it just a preferene or is one used instead of the other for a specific reason? Just curious. The wrap and turn itself isn’t necessarily difficult, just seems like more work when the other option seem easier.

    Thanks for your great videos and instruction!


    1. Deb, I’m so glad you are going to try this sock! I know you will do great. I’m always here if you need help.

      As far as the heel-turning options go, I haven’t found any difference between heels that use wrap-and-turns and heels that don’t. My basic toe-up sock pattern doesn’t have wraps, and this one does, mostly because of the type of heel-turn that I based this on.

  16. Can you please give us a formula for faux “heel flap” toe ups we can use with fingering weight yarn? I like to knit mine using 10 stiches/inch.
    Thank you so much.

  17. claire graham-smith

    I’m on my second pair of sox from your e-book. I did the worsted weight and they turned out quite well. Now I’m part way through the fingerling weight ones. I realized that the instructions don’t seem to be using the slip stitch heel. I’d like to use this for better wear. I’m just finishing the first sox heel cup and think I should do this soon. Where am I? how do I add this step?

    1. Good question, Claire! If you are doing the fingering socks from the e-book, you won’t be able to add a textured heel, because you’re doing the Fleegle heel. Next week I’ll be coming out with a fingering-weight version of the Faux Heel-Flap sock, and if you use that pattern, you’ll be able to add the slip-stitch heel. I’m sorry to make you wait, but it’s almost ready!

  18. Liat, I am doing the toe-up socks 2AT with the heel flap in fingering weight with the Fleegle heel. Unless I’m doing something wrong, row 1 of section 1: turn heel, should be 1 less (33, 35, 37) if you want 14 sts on each end, and 22 sts on the flap. Stitch 34, etc is the 15th st so you are wrapping the 14th st. I’ve done this on 2 prs and it came out the same way each time. Maybe I’ve misread it somehow. Still going on them. Thanks!

  19. Liat – This is a truly awesome faux-heel-flap! I am soooooooo excited about it. I practiced tonight with worsted weight and it went very smoothly. It’s elegantly simple, beautiful, and versatile as well. I’m stoked and can’t wait to use your technique in fingering weight yarn. (Maybe I can be a test knitter) You’re a gifted teacher. Thank you so much – many blessings…

  20. Thank you so much. I have been using the afterthought heel as I just kept getting holes in the heels trying to make the other kinds of heels. I have very wide feet, (double wide in a theraputic size, probably a 3 or 4 wide in a regular size), with short toes and a high instep. Can’t wait to try this in the finer sock weight. I have trouble getting my feet in my shoes with even that fine of yarn. But the really good store bought diabetic socks cost so much.

  21. Liat, I am making a pair of socks, 2@time/Magic Loop, and but using Misti Alpaca Sport. I’m using 28 sts on each needle (per sock), and started the gusset, which I took to 27 st either side of the marker per the chart for 56 total sts. That seemed to go OK, really NEAT look, and so EASY! Where I ran into problems was the heel turn and “flap”. Using the 12 st “heel”, I made it through the turn OK, although it’s a little “poochy”. I might add it’s the first time I’ve managed to get the wraps to be consistent on both sides. However, I took the flap to 1 st on the left needle, ready to go to the next sock, but instead of the original 28 st on that needle, I now have 14, half the number I should have. I’m not sure I did things right, since I’m using sport wt (closer to sock wt) yarn, but until I got to the heel turn, I was good. I’ve taken pix, but will only send them, or post them, if you say it’s OK. Sorry to bother you, but I’m afraid to go on, til I get this problem figured out.
    Thanks! I LOVE your tips & videos and the blog is GREAT!

    1. Hi Linda, thank you so much for posting your pictures on Ravelry. I’m going to take a look and we’ll get back to you right away. Thank you for your patience. You are never a bother. :)

  22. Oh thanks so much for this! I’ve made about four pairs of toe up socks and everyone really likes them, but they took me weeks to make. I just didn’t like the heel part and even though people like my socks, I didn’t really like the way the heel looked. This looks very fast, easy and good looking heel! I think I’ll be able to make socks faster and be happy with the results.

  23. Liat, I have learned so much from all of your videos!
    I have printed out the instructions on how to work the heel where you said to go 2 sts past the center and SSK, K1, turn. I’ve called it the “Turning the Heel Formula.” Will I not need this anymore if I use this pattern for the heel?
    I have not started knitting socks yet because I get so confused as to what goes with what – toe up, or heel down, Magic Loop (which is way too fiddly), 2 circulars, Judy’s Magic Cast On, etc. I’m overwhelmed.
    I don’t want to make a worsted weight sock because I don’t think it would go inside of a shoe. I will wait for your fingering-weight pattern to come out so I can wear my socks. Are people making worsted weight socks and just wearing them inside boots or just in the house?

    1. Hi Regina! I usually teach worsted-weight socks because it is nice to learn on a project that goes so fast. Yes, people wear them around the house or in boots. I wear mine to sleep sometimes, or if I’m living in a house without carpets, like I am right now.

      I think if you take my Toe-Up Socks course, a lot of these things will come together for you (including Magic Loop). You don’t have to do the socks two-at-a-time to start off with. I knit the socks with you every step of the way.

      If you decide to use this heel, you will want to print out the pattern that goes with it and follow along with that. But I would do the toe-up socks course first. I know you will do great!

  24. Liat, I have learned so much from all of your videos!
    I have printed out the instructions on how to work the heel where you said to go 2 sts past the center and SSK, K1, turn. I’ve called it the “Turning the Heel Formula.” Will I not need this anymore if I use this pattern for the heel?
    I have not started knitting socks yet because I get so confused as to what goes with what – toe up, or heel down, Magic Loop (which is way too fiddly), 2 circulars, Judy’s Magic Cast On, etc. I’m overwhelmed. I don’t want to make a worsted weight sock because I don’t think it would go inside of a shoe. I will wait for your fingering-weight pattern to come out so I can wear my socks. Are people making worsted weight socks and just wearing them inside boots or just in the house?

  25. I love your worsted sock pattern. My husband does dialysis every day and his feet are always cold. So he loves your socks! I started a pair using your new pattern with the slip stitch heel and I am to the increase for the gusset. I have 14 st on my heel needle and if I increase as written, I don’t have enough stitches. Am I screwing up?

    1. I think I have the same problem, I am using the worsted pattern and double pointed needles, I have 4 x 8 stitches for a total of 32 all around. This is still ok as per instructions: “Repeat Rounds 2-3 until there are 14(16) sts on each needle [28(32) sts total].”

      I make the gusset as instructed on 16 stitches and increase “until I have a total of 36″ on the heel needle(s)”. Okay, and I just found my problem myself after talking through it like this: I got confused between 32 total and 36 on the heel. So I am increasing a total of 20 stitches…got it now!

  26. I just finished a pair of toe-up, heel flap socks and I love this pattern. You are the GREATEST! Please tell me how to add enough stitches to make this pattern in Size 2 and 1 thread. I know there must be an easy way to do this, but I do not know what it is. Thank you so much. I LOVE THIS PATTERN.

    1. Jean I’m so glad you love the pattern! I do too. :) And I’m working on a fingering-weight version right now – you’ll get the news as soon as it’s ready to go.

  27. I completed my first pair and have started a second pair. I figured out my mistakes the first time around (although they are still super cute) and I can’t wait for my extra long cable to come to I can try two at a time! Woot Woot! I am so very excited!

  28. When I tried to play this newest video on my iPad, I got audio, but a black screen on the visual. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Hi Lani, I just checked it on my iPad and it worked fine for me.

      Can you go to your Safari settings and clear your cookies and data? Also try maybe doing a hard restart on the iPad (hold down the power button and the home button for 10 seconds) and then trying the blog post again.

      We can help you more if that doesn’t work – just shoot me an email and let me know. Thanks!

    1. Hi Kathryn –
      We use PayPal to process our payments, but that doesn’t mean that you have to have a PayPal account.
      When you are re-directed to PayPal, on the lower right-hand side, you can click on the option “Don’t have a PayPal Account?” and all you will have to do then is enter your payment information.

  29. Thank you so much for posting this heel pattern! I did my first socks ever with the Fleagle heel which was quite nice, but yours looks more robust to me and is also very simple. I like the knit/slip stitch a lot. The video was great and very helpful, too!

  30. Thank you Liat I always enjoy your Tips and Tricks e-mails and videos. Your videos are so well done and easy to follow. I will definitely try out this method. Have you seen Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel – also fabulous. Please keep doing what you do and may you continue to have much success.

  31. Hi ,Thank you for theTutorial. As usual it takes really good teaching and enthusiasm to stimulate interest. I have made Two pair of socks in my life .One pair 53 yrs ago, and again last year. The experience was not a rewarding one. This is a completely fresh approach, being toe up and I am geared to try again with the help of your videos. hopefully I will have warm toes by winter. regards Linda

  32. This is really great! I’m new at socks, and all of my socks have holes where I picked up for the gusset. The worst part of knitting a sock for me is picking up for the gusset. Never again. Thank you Liat.

  33. Liat – You’re such an incredible teacher. AAAAAAAmazing! The simplicity of the technique and product are sooooo appealing. I ‘m very excited to try it in fingering weight. My skeins are calling out to me. In the mean time, I’ll practice in worsted weight. Thank you so much.

  34. Yay! I love making toe-up socks,but wanted to be able to add pattern to the heel. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions!!

  35. Is this the same as the Two at a time socks, in the “superstar” knitting video? Or do I need to buy another one? This style I’m more familiar with (knitting on dpn) but like the “magic two at a time cast on” better. Hey I’m lazy and anything to same time suits me.

    1. Ingrid, this is a new pattern, but it follows the same general concept as the Two-at-a-Time Socks section of the Knitting Superstar! video course. The only difference is that the heel is different (which is why I posted a video for it up here) and you have an optional picot-hemmed-edge bind-off.

  36. Carol McKenzie

    I am in awe of your knitting and teaching abilities! I am SO eager to try this out with the fingering weight yarn. Thank you SO much for these unbelievable videos and patterns, Liat.

  37. Debbie Pannell

    You have gone beyond genius status now to the Queen of Knitting! I am a sock addict so this has got me digging in my stash. I love this kind of heel and never can find toe up socks patterns with it. Can’t WAIT to try it out!!

  38. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! I have always loved the look of a heel flap but I really don’t like picking up stitches. To me, making socks toe-up is the most sensible to achieve a proper fit and I resigned myself to making only the Fleegle heel, but you have opened up a whole new world to me! As usual, your video is top-notch!

    Please keep doing what you do!!!!!

  39. I agree with all the others singing your praises. I printed out your instructions for the fleegle heel ( is that the same as the “sweet tomato heel” ? ), and Love it. It is so easy. BUT, I also printed our these instructions for a heel flap, just in case I ever knit socks for someone with a high instep. Until then, I’ll probably stick with the fleegle heel. Love your blog Liat!! Wish you lived next door.

  40. I LOVE your new video! I can’t wait to start my next pair of socks using this new technique. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us :o)

  41. Liat’s done it again! Bravo! I bow to you.

    and….thanking you so very much for all your time and efforts to help us be better knitters!

  42. HOLY CAT FISH………………… answered my own question! I just realized I keep missing out by not looking at the Blog Archives….. I FORGOT ALLLLLLLLLLLLL ABOUT THAT.
    I have to explore ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of this site…… YES I MUST DO THAT!!!!!

    1. Louise, you’re right – the site isn’t organized as well as it could be. I’m actually working on a complete overhaul, where all the resources will be intuitive to find. But to break it down for you, here’s what’s on the site: 1) free videos and tips, 2) free patterns, and 3) paid video knitting courses.

      The free videos and tips are published on my blog once a week, and then get organized into the Blog Archive and the Free Videos pages. The patterns are free to subscribers to KNITFreedom, and you can browse the Video Knitting Courses to see what I’ve got in the store (hint – the over 200 free videos on the site don’t even come close to the number of exclusive step-by-step videos you’ll find in my courses).

      I hope that helps – Have fun exploring the archives!

  43. Wonderfull video. I would love to download the pattern but I am not able. I would like to experiment with fingering weight sock yarn

  44. Liat…. I love this format the best ! ! ! I hope it continues.
    Now this is something I have to challenge myself to learn.
    Want to try it with the fingering yarn. Anxious to see the instructions.
    My problem is filling all these emails filled with information. :) and have them at my finger-tips when I want them.
    Any ideas?
    Always looking for your next Blog…. Is this format a Blog????
    Ciao Louise

  45. Your videos and explanations are wonderful. This heel and high instep suggestion are so helpful. I have always had trouble getting heels to look right. Thanks.

  46. I learned to knit toe up socks because my feet are very narrow and I needed thicker socks for my sport shoes. But the fingering weight are sometimes a little light so this is a great thing especially for winter and for boots.

  47. This looks great. I just started toe-up 2 at a time socks in fingering weight yarn. How can this pattern be adapted for fingering wt yarn?

    1. Karen, I’ll be coming out with the numbers for the fingering-weight pattern soon! It’s entering the test phase now. If you want, I’ll email you when I am looking for test knitters, so you can get a jump on the pattern.

      1. I would also love to be a test knitter of the sock weight yarn in this pattern. I just finished my first toe-up 2 at a time socks for my son on magic loop and LOVED it. It seems to go soooooo much faster than one sock at a time. :-)

      1. Now you know I am a cyber stalker! Lol how I missed this video which causes me to mess up and have to pull out some rows! But who is my knitting angel? You are! I just need to pay attention. But I’m doing it!

  48. You’ve done it again! A most clear, concise, professional demonstration of a nifty knitting necessity. What a wonderful gift you are to the knitting community. Thank you again for sharing your expertise in such an accessible way.

  49. You’re a genius! Can’t wait for the fingering weight instructions to come, so that I can try it out. Love it that I can do this heel flap AND the toe-up with the picot top!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  50. I just love you, what you bring to us along with your enthusiasm and inspiration to not be limited by a written pattern! I am sure all of us are grateful you found your calling. I would love to know what inspires you, who gave you the love of or. Oh boy my kindle wont give my cursor?! Ha! Anyway. Thank you!!!k!?!?!

    1. Sheree, I’m so happy my way of thinking about knitting clicks with you.

      As to what inspires me, I’ve found that there’s a part of my personality that likes to deeply understand a subject, then find out how to apply that knowledge to make things better and solve problems, and then get all excited and explain what I’ve learned to other people to try to help them, too. I can’t turn it off, so it’s good that it meshes so well with KNITFreedom!

      1. You have given me so much confidence to increase my knitting skills. I have finished my first pair of toe-up socks, and they are wonderful! I usually knit projects for others, but these are mine! They feel too good on my foot to let them get away. Now I’m ready to start on my Christmas gifts for others. How in the world would I know when the arch gets to their ankle without asking and ruining the Christmas surprise?

        You have a really good idea with this website. I think anyone who sees it will want to have all the video helps. I have sent your link on to my knitting friends. Hope I win the yarn.

        Oh, I ordered the yarn from the site you recommended, and I love it too.

        Thanks for sharing your expertise!

    1. Would really like to try this heel-newer to knitting, working on a pair of toe up DK weight socks, total stitches 50, therefore heel stitches number 25. I can’t figure out how to divide up the stitches-how many for the heel turn? And the video is great but too fast-I don’t see a function to slow it down?

      1. Hi Gigi,
        Great to meet you! Thank you so much for posting here. The formula for the heel-flap socks is a little trickier than a basic heel, so it is hard to figure out alterations to the pattern. I think the smartest thing to do is to use the Fingering-Weight Version’s numbers. On the the fingering-weight version, half the sock, before increasing for the gusset, is 24 stitches. So that’s very close to what you are using. The pattern I linked to uses a 22-stitch heel flap. You can perhaps leave off one increase on the toe so that the heel stitches equal 24 before increasing. You could also offset the heel just by one stitch so that there are 12 sts on one side of the heel flap and 13 on the other (after increasing).
        Let me know if this helps!

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