Add some texture to your heel flap with an easy slip-stitch heel.

blue knit sock with slip stitch heel, worsted weight
The slip stitch heel adds texture and durability to knitted sock heels

Adding a textured heel flap is an easy way to make the socks more interesting AND to make the heel more durable at the same time.

The slip-stitch heel is super-easy, and it is also nice and stretchy – great if you’re not sure how big the sock-recipient’s ankle is.

This video shows you not only how to work the slip-stitch heel flap, it also gives you tricks for keeping track of where you are (without writing anything down, of course) and for understanding what you are doing just by looking at your work.

Stitch directions and a pattern you can use are below the video:

[KnitFreedom] Socks | Heel Stitches - Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern
[KnitFreedom] Socks | Heel Stitches - Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

The basic pattern for the Slip Stitch heel is:
Row 1 (RS): *(Sl 1, k1), repeat from * across, end k1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Sl 1, P rest of sts.

Download a free Magic Loop sock pattern to use with this heel stitch.

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I’ve been going jogging often, accompanied by great Spanish-language tunes, as well as general staring.

Jogging in the park may be normal but jogging down the street, to the grocery store, for instance (I like to multi-task), is unheard of. I think people thing someone is chasing me.

I’ve also moved house, closer to downtown. I feel downright swanky!

I’m also biking everywhere, zooming along (with more staring) quite as fast as the cars on these two-lane streets.

Speaking of biking, I snapped this photo the other day at twilight of a churros vender pedaling his wares around the town. I had my camera ready because I could hear his telltale “It’s a Small World, After All” tune blaring all the way down the street.

Did he know the words to the song? Doubtful. Is it a small world, after all? It certainly seems to be!
Argentine churros vender biking in Mendoza
And here’s something fun – yesterday, after a short Spanish conversation, I had the owner of a furniture store ask me if I was from Mendoza, which resulted in much happy blushing and an uncontrollable big hug.

It also resulted in an overwhelming urge to stop talking, as I was surely eventually going to make a grammar mistake!!

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4 thoughts on “Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern And Video”

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  1. joanmariebernadette

    I don’t know what I did to goof-up on this simple heel flap. Have done a number of them in the past,. I’m getting so good at fixing mistakes, that I almost smiled at Liat, in my imagination.
    Thanks for your great vids, Liat. Weren’t you about the first one, who, made up-close teaching-knitting vids?

  2. Cheers looking for help having trouble opening link above titled ” download a free magic loop sock pattern to use this heel stitch”
    It’s been awhile since I have knit socks so attempting super bulky pattern although using slip stitch heel, as they are a gift for someone with feet not in my province they live away, have up to gusset in pattern complete, so require some help, but unable to get it as I am confused on weather I turn the heel as per pattern or another way thought another way with only 18 stitches for heel

    Please help, I am ready to rip out

  3. I am somewhat dense, I suppose. I am wondering why the videos don’t continue to finish the heel…I don’t know how to come back up to complete the heel! How do I do that?

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