Easy Peasy No Wrap Short Row Heel

August 13, 2018

The full tutorial is available as a PDF download on Ravelry
Also available as a PDF download on Etsy and my website

I came up with this really really easy short row heel some time ago, as all the instructions I found for short row heels on hand knitted socks were overly complicated with all their wraps, turns, double stitches, twin stitches etc etc etc


The finished heel

This heel is so beautifully simple, that it’s easy to remember and it has absolutely no complicated stitches or techniques. Like any other short row heel, it works for both cuff down and toe up socks.

The full tutorial is available as a PDF download on Ravelry
Also available as a PDF download on Etsy and my website


11 Responses to “Easy Peasy No Wrap Short Row Heel”

  1. Lucy Says:

    This seems super easy speaking as a new sock knitter. I can’t find how to pick up a slip stitch purlwise anywhere and I don’t quite get it from the picture….help? Does the right hand needle go behind behind the slip stitch and pick up? Thanks!


  2. Debbie Says:

    Hi Lucy, according to the picture for doing the heel above is showing you where you put your right hand needle to wrap your working yarn in the purl position. hope this helps Debbie


  3. Dianne Says:

    So do I understand that doing toe up I would stop the foot 2” short of the foot length?


    • Jacqui Says:

      The length of the heel section is 2″ on a 72 stitch count.
      So if knitting a UK 4size 4, at eg 9″ long you would stop knitting in the round at 7″ and rhen start your heel.


  4. Barbara Says:

    This is amazing, I’m telling all my friends but how do I avoid a hole after I’ve picked up my stitches. Should I pick up a stitch lower in the “v”?


    • Linda Says:

      Hi Barbara, I usually pick up one side of each stitch in the row below (each side of the ‘v’) and knit them together. You’ll end up with an extra stitch each side of the heel, so decrease them on the next round to get back to the correct stitch count.


  5. Lillian Says:

    Hello! I’m pretty new at this and learned to knit socks using a heel flap, turning the heel and shaping the gusset…so…once I get to the length I need, how do I begin your heel process? Divide the 72 stitches into one active needle with 36 and two dormant needles with 18 each? And the first half of the heel decreases on the active needle from 36 to 12 and the second half increases from 12 back to the 36 so I am back to 72 stitches again?
    Thanks for your help!


  6. Jayne Logan Says:

    I just bought the pattern and am on my second attempt. The heel hole turns on the left side came out nice & match the picture. The holes on the right side are much bigger and more noticeable. I assume this is related tov picking up the slip stitch on the purl row. Any advice? Maybe purl through the back? Thanks


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