Generic Pattern for Toe-Up Socks with a Fleegle Heel, in Any Weight and Size

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Published January 20, 2019
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Here is a free basic beginner generic sock pattern for toe-up socks, one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop and the Fleegle Heel. Following Fleegle's famous sock formula, written out in my own words. Design your own socks in any size, for any weight or gauge of yarn.

You can make a pair of toe-up socks in any size (baby to very large adult) in any weight of yarn (fingering to super-bulky) using this simple, generic pattern.

You just have to have the feet nearby to refer to, or at least be able to estimate the length of the foot from toe to front-of-ankle.

You can make these socks as a gift by comparing the recipient's shoe size against your own shoe size, and making the necessary measurements from there.

Links to abbreviation videos and special techniques included, as always. Enjoy!

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes:
  • Finished Measurements: Knit to fit foot exactly


  • Yarn: Any yarn. If working two socks at one time, separate yarn into two balls of equal yardage.
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size:
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle


BOR – Beginning of Round
CO – Cast On
Instep – The half of the sock that goes around the front of the ankle
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
M1L – Make One Left
M1R – Make One Right
P2tog – Purl 2 Together
PM – Place Marker
SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit

Recommended Course: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks

Toe-up socks are the hippest and most addictive project in knitting right now, and it's easy to see why.

Knitters love making their socks from the toe-up because they can try on as they go, knit two-at-a-time, and there's no heel flap or picking up stitches.

The ideal project for any intermediate knitter to learn, improve, and enjoy.

12 thoughts on “Generic Pattern for Toe-Up Socks with a Fleegle Heel, in Any Weight and Size”

  1. My total sock stitches is 64 so my gusset must have 62. So when done with that do I only turn the heel withno flap? Can my gusset be 56 stitches? Can I do a gusset of 2 inches? Does stitch count make a big difference. First time with fleegle heel. Thank you.

    1. Hi Marlene,

      I suggest you follow the instructions exactly for your sock to come out correctly. You can for example follow the directions in our Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock pattern which will tell you exactly how many stitches to use (follow the large size for 64 stitches).

      Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

      I would not make any changes to the gusset. Stitch count makes a big difference!

      You can also check out our Toe-Up Socks class which has videos walking you through every step of this toe-up sock. You are guaranteed to feel comfortable knitting toe-up socks after taking the class.

      Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks

      I hope this helps!

  2. Help! I would like to make the chunky socks as men’s slippers-size 12 with super bulky wool, do you have a pattern for this or can you give me stitch numbers for this pattern for that size?

    1. Hi Laurae,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. You can definitely use this generic pattern to make men’s large socks with super-bulky yarn. I have a pattern for Toe-Up Socks with Super-Bulky Yarn, but you may need to modify it to fit a men’s size 12.
      Let’s say a men’s size 12 has a 10.5-inch foot circumference. The gauge for super-bulky yarn is 2.5 sts/in in St st. To reach a 10.5-inch foot circumference, we need to have 2.5 x 10.5 = 26.26 sts = 26 sts for the foot.

      To knit the sock, here are my suggestions:
      Toe: CO 10 sts.
      Increase to 26 total for foot.
      Gusset: increase until heel needle contains 24 sts.
      Follow directions for turning heel.

      I hope this helps!

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