Toe-Up heels detailed on this site include the no-holes Fleegle Heel and the integrated "Faux" Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks. Heel stitch patterns include the slip-stitch heel and the eye-of-the-partridge heel.

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Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel
Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

The Fleegle Heel is an easy, beginner toe-up heel with no holes at the sides. You will have great success with the Fleegle Heel if this is your first time doing toe-up socks. Bonus: No wrap-and-turn needed!


Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks
Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks is useful when you want to add a heel-stitch pattern, make the heel in contrasting color, or adjust for high insteps. There is no picking up stitches, no seams, and no holes.



Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About The Fleegle Heel

A closeup of the Fleegle HeelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / August 24, 2012 / 108 Comments

In December of 2006, a blogger known as Fleegle changed the knitting world when she published a no-holes toe-up heel formula on her blog. Since I discovered the Fleegle Heel, I’ve been making videos showing how to do it, writing patterns that use it, and helping the whole world learn to knit it.

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

Faux heel flap for toe-up socksBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks, World Travels / July 20, 2012 / 99 Comments

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.

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Blog Post: NEW! Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Socks With A Faux Heel Flap

Fingering-weight faux heel flap socks in Western Sky knitsBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, New Patterns, Socks / September 21, 2012 / 74 Comments

For toe-up sock lovers who want a great-fitting heel that can be adjusted for high insteps. This toe-up sock pattern has a “faux” heel flap which allows you to use heel stitch patterns like the Eye of the Partridge heel. You can also do a contrasting-color heel.

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Blog Post: How To Darn Socks and Fix Holes in Knitting

Darn Socks Repair Holes in Knitting Stabilize with Thread square cropBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Knitwear Care / March 31, 2012 / 73 Comments

If you are wondering how to darn socks or fix holes in knitting, you’ve come to the right place. You can darn socks or mend any holes in knitting using this technique, and if you have matching yarn, you can make the repair completely invisible.

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Blog Post: Short-Row Shaping: Learn to “Wrap and Turn”

Delicious knee socks by Cosmic Pluto square cropBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Intermediate Knitting / January 25, 2011 / 70 Comments

The key to correctly doing short-rows is knowing how to do the Wrap and Turn (no, it’s not a new dance move). It’s a clever way of keeping the stitches close to each other while you are doing short-rows, so that you don’t create gaps when you turn around. Doing short-rows also incorporates picking up and knitting the wraps once you’re done with the short-rows, so that they become invisible.

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

By Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / June 20, 2017 / 43 Comments

This tip is for sock-knitters who are following my high-instep toe-up sock pattern. 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 basic Fleegle-heel or other toe-up sock patterns.

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Blog Post: How To Knit or Purl Backwards And When To Do It

Walking Backwards Moonwalk for Knit Backwards Post squareBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Tips and Tricks / September 19, 2010 / 17 Comments

Knowing how to knit (purl) backwards is optional, but take a look and see if you feel comfortable trying it on your next sock heel. It will save you a lot of time because if you know how to do it, you don’t have to turn your work back and forth every row.

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Blog Post: How To Pick Up and Knit Stitches Two Ways

Pick-Up ArtistBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques, Heels / January 14, 2011 / 11 Comments

Picking up stitches is called for anytime you want to start knitting from an edge that has no live stitches. That’s right, you can create stitches on either a finished or a raw edge with the “pick up and knit” technique. Here’s how.

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Blog Post: When To Start Your Fleegle Heel Increases (Where is the “Front of Your Ankle?”)

When to start your Fleegle HeelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / April 29, 2011 / 7 Comments

A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Where exactly is “the front of your ankle?” Here’s how to tell.

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Blog Post: Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern And Video

Blue lace sock with a slip-stitch heelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, World Travels / August 12, 2011 / 4 Comments

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.

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Blog Post: When You Forget Increases On Your Fleegle Heel

When you forget to increase fleegle heelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Toe-Up Socks / February 22, 2011 / 2 Comments

Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.
It usually happens right when you start saying,”Yeah, I think I’ve got the hang of it!” You start getting in the groove, and you forget to increase. Here’s how to recognize it, and how to fix it.

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Forgot Increases on Fleegle Heel Gusset

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Forgot Increases on Fleegle Heel Gusset
Forgot Increases on Fleegle Heel Gusset

Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.
To fix it, drop your stitch down and re-add the M1. You can do it!


P/u (Pu) and Knit – Pick up and Knit

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How to pick up and knit stitches in knitting:

Socks patterns and mitten patterns both call for you to pick up stitches.

Top-down socks have a heel flap which usually has a slipped-stitch edge that you need to pick up into, whereas mitten thumbs have a raw edge.


W&T – Wrap and Turn (Short Rows) Plus Picking Up Wraps on the Knit Side

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A “short row” is simply what happens when you work across a row but don’t get to the end. The pattern instructs you to go almost to the end (maybe one or two stitches before), and then turn around and go back. This creates a domed shape that is good for heels and other curvy parts of the body.


When To Start Increasing For the Fleegle Heel (Gusset)

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A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Where exactly is “the front of your ankle?” Here’s how to tell.


Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

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Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel
Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

The Fleegle Heel is an easy, beginner toe-up heel with no holes at the sides. You will have great success with the Fleegle Heel if this is your first time doing toe-up socks. Bonus: No wrap-and-turn needed!


Knit or Purl Backwards

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Knit or Purl Backwards
Knit or Purl Backwards

To knit backwards, insert the left-hand needle from front to back through the first stitch on your right-hand needle. Wrap the yarn around the left-hand needle counter-clockwise (towards you), and then pull the stitch on the right-hand needle over the wrap and off the needle.


Final Decreases on Fleegle Heel

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Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

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Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks
Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks is useful when you want to add a heel-stitch pattern, make the heel in contrasting color, or adjust for high insteps. There is no picking up stitches, no seams, and no holes.


Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

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Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern
Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

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.


Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

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Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern
Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

The Eye-of-the-Partridge heel pattern adds durability and a lovely textured look to your sock’s heel flap. Knit using a combination of slipped and knit stitches, you can knit this on top-down or toe-up socks.


Heel Flap – Top-Down Socks

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Turn Heel – Top-Down Socks

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Picking Up Stitches Along Heel Flap

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