What To Do When You Have A High Instep – Tips for Using KnitFreedom’s Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Sock Pattern

This tip is for sock-knitters who are making socks with high insteps. It explains how to easily use my pattern for Toe-Up Faux-Heel-Flap socks to make a bigger instep than you normally can with other toe-up sock patterns.

Where Is The Instep Of A Sock? How Do I Know If I Have A High Instep?

The instep of a sock is the part that goes over the top of your foot. If a sock feels tight over the top of your foot, it's a sign that your instep is high.

Parts of a Sock - Instep

To make socks more comfortable for people with high insteps, we need to make the sock bigger around the widest part of the heel (the circumference).

Parts of a Sock - Foot Circumference

How much bigger? I like to add 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) to the circumference for people with high insteps. Add 1 inch (2.5 sm) for people with very high insteps.

But where to add this extra 1/2-to-1 inch?

Instead of changing anything about the instep stitches (which are normally left alone when making a sock heel), you'll want to add to the heel stitches. That means making the gusset taller.

Parts of a Sock - Gusset Height

Skip the Explanation

If you just want to make the adjustments and don't need to know how they work, I've specified all the changes you need to make in my Faux-Heel-Flap Toe-Up Sock patterns (worsted and fingering weight).

You'll just need to go through the pattern and circle the numbers that correspond to your foot size and how high your instep is. Jump down the page to where I show you how to do that.

When you make a gusset taller on a toe-up sock, the first adjustment that happens is that you start increasing for the heel 1/4 to 1/2-inch sooner. By the time you get to the heel you've increased more than for a normal heel. In the pattern, this shows up in Section 2: Foot and Section 3: Gusset.

When turning the heel, you'll see that you have more heel stitches to knit across. The pattern takes care of this as well – just make sure to circle the number that corresponds to your size and chosen instep adjustment.

Lastly, when working the faux heel flap, you will work more heel flap rows than usual as you decrease the sock back to its pre-heel width.

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How To Choose Your Options in the Faux-Heel-Flap Pattern

1. Choose Your Size

Decide what size sock you are making. Sock sizing is based on how big your foot is around the ball of the foot.

To find out, measure around the ball of your foot. Now subtract 10%. This is the finished measurement around the foot you want for your sock.

For example, my foot measures 9.5 inches around the ball. So my finished sock should measure about 8.5 inches around. According to the finished measurements in the pattern, I would choose the size Medium/Large.

2. Choose Your Instep Adjustment

Decide whether to use the high-instep or the very-high-instep pattern adjustment. The high-instep adjustment adds 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) to the sock circumference at the instep. The very-high-instep adjustment adds 1 inch (2.5 cm).

3. On Your Pattern, Circle the Numbers that Correspond to Your Size and Instep Adjustment

Go through the pattern and, wherever you see parentheses or brackets showing numbers or stitches separated by a semicolon, circle the number that corresponds to your size and instep adjustment. The adjustments for the high instep are shown in {Italics and brackets}.

Sometimes there are fewer choices.

Voilá! A Perfectly-Adjusted High-Instep Sock Pattern

Thanks to Mrs. Sharpe for contributing the original high-instep numbers when this pattern was first requested. See her original comments on this post.

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43 thoughts on “What To Do When You Have A High Instep – Tips for Using KnitFreedom’s Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Sock Pattern”

  1. Hello Liat. I am new to your site. My name is ?Ingrid. There are so many references and videos on the website nowadays it’s is hard to keep up. Here is the thing, have only recently found your reference and already have learnt so much from reading your information, tips. Am an ardent sock maker, always using Magic Loop, prefer toe up, and have heard of heel flap creation, but it is only with your explanation and display above of this, that makes me really understand what it is and how it works! In addition, you have clearly explained (in response to one of your reader’s question) how to make adjustments to your pattern. Your simply formulae is wonderful and will make life easier for me going forward. I am printing all that I can and putting some of your information on my favourites. Even though am a recent reader to your site, I can also honestly say… Welcome Back!! Yes there are a wealth of information on the website nowadays, but believe me it is not all of them that’s very clear and straight forward as you have been. Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Ingrid,
      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. Thank you so much for your wonderfully sweet comment. I really appreciate everything you said.
      It means the world to me to meet readers like you who really connect with my style of explaining things. I love that you commented here and even more that my post was helpful to you. I’m delighted that you’re a subscriber to the site. That means that when I publish a new post or pattern, you’ll get an email in your inbox.
      Thank you for your support and again for your kind comments!
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