WEAR IT: SIMPL Y SOCKS
Fig. A: The finished cuff. Fig. B: The stitches split
between the stitch holder and 1 needle, with the
completed heel flap. Fig. C: The heel after it’s been
turned. Fig. D: After you’ve picked up and knit the
The rest of the heel is knit in a style called the
“Eye of the Partridge,” which is worked as follows:
» Row 1 (RS): *sl1, k1*.
» Row 2 (WS): sl1, purl to the end.
Repeat rows 1 and 2, 15 times, for 30 rows total,
ending with a WS. The completed heel flap is shown
in Figure C.
6. Turn the heel (green).
On the next RS row, k19, ssk, k1, then turn your knitting so you are prepared to work the WS (despite
being in the middle of the row!). Over the next 11
rows, work your heel as follows:
sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
sl1, k8, ssk, k1, turn.
sl1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
sl1, k10, ssk, k1, turn.
sl1, p11, p2tog, p1, turn.
sl1, k12, ssk, k1, turn.
sl1, p13, p2tog, p1, turn.
sl1, k14, ssk, k1, turn.
sl1, p15, p2tog, p1, turn.
sl1, k16, ssk, k1, turn.
sl1, p17, p2tog, p1, turn.
stitches along the heel flap edges, rearrange the
stitches on 4 needles. Fig. E: The finished gusset.
Fig. F: The almost completed sock. Fig. G: Put the last
16 stitches on 2 needles.
You should have 20 stitches across, and your
completed turned heel should look like Figure C
(your yarn may be on the other side).
7. Knit the gusset (pink).
If necessary, K20 across the heel. On needle 2, pick
up 18 stitches from the edge of the heel flap and
knit them through the back of the stitch. Pick up a
19th “corner stitch” where the heel flap meets the
stitch-holder (Figure E). Twist and knit this stitch,
so a hole doesn’t form.
Slip the stitches from the stitch holder onto needle
3 and knit them. Use needle 4 to pick up, twist, and
knit the next “corner stitch,” followed by 18 stitches
along the other heel flap edge. Continue knitting
10 stitches from needle 1, giving you 29 stitches on
needle 4. This causes a break between needles at
the heel center. Place your detachable stitch marker
there. This is now the beginning of your row.
You have no doubt noticed that you have many
more stitches than you started with. You will
decrease these extra stitches out in gussets. First,
however, you need to rearrange your stitches (
starting from the center of the heel), so the needles have
the following numbers: