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Heels and Toes for Hand Knitted Socks

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One of the delights of knitting socks is that they’re a great way to use skeins of wildly variegated yarns.

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Most of a sock is made up of a tube that doesn’t change in width, so the colours can repeat in a pattern through the leg and the foot. If you want that pattern to continue uninterrupted then using a contrast colour for heels and toes is a great option.

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These socks are knitted in our 4ply BFL nylon in the Dark Chocolate Tunnocks colourway with heels and toes in raspberry.

These socks are knitted with 64 stitches in the round, so many patterns will tell you to work the short row heel over half that number. I find I get a much better fit if I add a few more stitches to the heel, so the heels in these socks are worked over 36 stitches rather than 32.

If you’d like to give this a go here are some colour suggestions for you.

 bfl nylon sock heels and toes misty neons and yellow

Misty neon and yellow

 bfl nylon sock heels and toes misty neons and hydrangea

Misty neon and hydrangea

bfl nylon sock heels and toes faded rainbow and pearl 

Faded rainbow and pearl

 bfl nylon sock heels and toes faded rainbow and rose

Faded rainbow and Rose

 bfl nylon sock heels and toes stormy sky and geranium

Stormy sky and geranium

 bfl nylon sock heels and toes stormy sky and coal

Stormy sky and black

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The contrast in my socks was knitted with a 20 gram mini skein. Once the socks were done I wanted to check if I had enough yarn to work the ribs too. Casting on 64 stitches let me work 33 rounds of rib before I ran out of yarn. That means there’s plenty of yarn for 10 rounds of rib at the top of each sock without needing to play yarn chicken, even if you had a few more stitches on your needles.

Happy sock knitting.

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