Correcting Gaps in Socks

Cuff-down or toe-up, there is always a chance that you’ll get a hole in your socks right where the heel meets the rest of the sock. Here’s how to keep that from happening.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The yarn I’m using in my socks is Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, in color Irvington. One hank of this yarn = one pair of adult socks.

The sock pattern I’m using is a basic toe-up pattern from Knitty.

The needles I’m using are Addis, size US 1 (2.5mm), 40″ circulars.

The sweater I’m wearing is a free pattern + video tutorial.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, color “Malala”.

7 comments on “Correcting Gaps in Socks

  1. Staci,
    Yeah! Finally. I asked you about this awhile back while doing the Bulky Sleep socks.
    Thank you! Thanks for all you do! Love your video’s & website. Hugs JP

  2. Thank you Staci, this is “always” my problem area — unfortunately I get so frustrated BEFORE this tip from you that I tink my socks. Maybe today will start another pair — thank you so much 🙂

  3. Hi,
    Once again another great video. And I gotta say seeing you whip around that sock on those circular Addis has me quite intrigued. I’ve always been a dpn girl, got a couple of sets of Blackthorn, which are great but I’m very tempted to try circulars now!

  4. Hi! Thanks for this great tip, Staci! This will be a huge help. 🙂

    I was wondering…could I do something similar for the thumbs of mittens? That’s another area where I always seem to end up with a small, annoying hole.

  5. Staci, I have a great love of socks, and your toe-up patterns are awesome. I’ve knit so many Bubbles Down the Drain pairs, and it is extra-wonderful when using stretch sock yarn. My daughter has super high arches, and that pattern is the only one that seems to give her the snug fit she enjoys.

    My question has to do with my struggle with binding off of a toe-up pattern. Is there any way to make sure it isn’t too tight? I have used every different binding off style that I could find, but I still have this problem.

    Can you help, or at least give me some ideas for practice? I’ve knitted a LOT of socks, but if I can’t figure this out I’m going to have to stick with cuff-down. :o(

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