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Beginner Toe-Up Sock with a Fleegle Heel – Worsted Weight

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Beginner Toe-Up Sock with a Fleegle Heel – Worsted Weight

Category: Socks
Gauge: 5 sts/in in Stockinette stitch
Technique: Toe-Up Socks
Yarn Weight: Worsted (9 wpi)

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A free basic worsted weight sock pattern for toe-up socks, knit one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop and the Fleegle heel. This is the pattern I use to teach sock-knitting to first-time sock-knitters, and they always get great results.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • Finished Measurements: To fit foot circumference: 7(8, 9) inches
  • Yarn Weight: Worsted (9 wpi)


  • Yarn: 220 yds worsted-weight yarn. If working two socks at one time, you’ll need two separate balls of yarn.
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm or size required to get gauge (5 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle


  • 5 sts/in in St st

Pattern Notes

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IMG 20200909 161745The easiest socks I’ve ever knit! Thank you, Liat.
  – Deb T.

Published July 11, 2018
Last Updated: August 19, 2022 - Current Version: 1.1
Update notes: Minor formatting

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  1. Hi dears,
    Here is how to modify this pattern for child sizes. We have tech-edited the numbers but we have not test-knitted all the sizes, so if you try this out, please leave us a comment and let us know how it goes!

    Sizes: Newborn [Baby (6-18 months), Toddler (2-3 years), Child (4-5 years)]
    Finished Measurements: Foot circumference: 4 (4.5, 5.5, 6) inches
Length: customizable to exact foot length

    For all sizes, with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, CO 6 sts on each needle (12 sts total).
Prepare to knit in the round. PM into stitch to indicate BOR.
    Round 1 (plain round): Knit.

    Round 2 (increase round): (K1, M1L, K to last st on needle, M1R, K1), repeat on other needle. Repeat Rounds 1-2 until there are 10 (10, 12, 14) sts on each needle [20 (20, 24, 28) sts total].

    Knit in the round until sock reaches the front of the ankle. Hint: try the sock on and pull it snug. Flex the foot. Does the knitting reach the ankle? Then stop and go to the gusset.

    Round 1:

    Needle 1 (heel needle): K1, M1L, K to last st on needle, M1R, K1.

    Needle 2 (instep needle): Knit.

    Round 2: Knit.

    Repeat Rounds 1-2 until the heel needle contains 16 (18, 24, 26) sts.

    Turn Heel
    Begin working back and forth across heel as follows: PM at midpoint between sts.

    Row 1: K to 1 (1, 2, 2) sts beyond marker, SSK, K1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, P3 (3, 5, 5), removing marker as you come to it, P2tog, P1, turn.

    Row 3: Sl 1, K4 (4, 6, 6), SSK, K1, turn.

    Row 4: Sl 1, P5 (5, 7, 7), P2tog, P1, turn.

    Row 5: Sl 1, K6 (6, 8, 8), SSK, K1, turn.
    Continue working back-and-forth as established: working up to the “gap” and working the two sts on either side of the “gap” together, working one more, then turning.
    When your K1 after your SSK is the last st in the heel, resume knitting in the round.
    Knit across instep needle. Then…

    Round 1:
    Needle 1 (heel needle): K1, K2tog, K to end of needle [10 (10, 12, 14) sts on heel needle].
    Needle 2 (instep needle): Knit.

    Round 2: Needle 1 (heel needle): K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts on needle, K2tog, K1.
    Needle 2 (instep needle): Knit (you should have 10 (10, 12, 14) sts on heel needle).

    Work in St st for 1 (1.5, 2.5, 3.5) in.

    Round 1: *K1, P1, rep from * to end of round.

    Repeat Round 1 for 1 in. for all sizes.

    BO, using the Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off or any other stretchy bind-off.

    Using tapestry needle, weave in all ends securely. Block (optional) and enjoy.

    1. Candy Franks – KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      I just talked to Liat and she verified that it is the Fleegle heel.

      Happy knitting,

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