Easy Peasy No Wrap Short Row Heel

August 13, 2018

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

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The finished heel

This heel is so beautifully simple, that it’s easy to remember and it has absolutely no complicated stitches or techniques.

The full written instructions, row by row:

First half of heel, worked back and forth on half the total number of stitches:
Row 1: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog
(you can use SSK or any other decrease if you prefer)
Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise, purl to last stitch, slip 1 purlwise
Repeat last two rows until approximately one third of your heel stitches remain.

Second half of heel:
Row 1: Knit to end, pick up chain loop on the row below and knit into it, turn.
Row 2: Purl to end, pick up chain loop on the row below and purl into it, turn.
(Important! Do NOT slip the first stitch on these two rows!)
Repeat last two rows until all the chains have been picked up. You will be back to your original number of stitches and you can carry on knitting in the round.

That’s all there is to it. The complete instructions. Photos follow if you can’t visualise what’s happening here, but don’t overthink it… trust me, follow the instructions and it will work, I promise!

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First half of the heel done, showing the chain on the right formed by the slipped stitches

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First half of the heel done, showing the chain on the left formed by the slipped stitches

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Second half of the heel, picking up the slipped stitch to be purled at the end of the purl row

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Second half of the heel, picking up the slipped stitch to be knitted at the end of the knit row

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The finished heel again!

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