Sock Knitting Tips: The Easiest Way to Prevent Gusset Gaps

Sock Knitting Tip: The easiest way to prevent gusset gaps for flap and gusset heels and all you need is two locking stitch markers
One of the things I love about knitting is that there are always new tips, tricks and skills to learn. Recently, at our monthly sock knitting group at Grandma's Spinning Wheel, my friend Lois shared what could possibly be the easiest way to prevent gusset gaps.

Before You Begin

If you have ever knit a pair of flap and gusset style socks, you know that it's really easy to get a little gap or hole at the top corner of the gussets. Some people darn the gaps shut after the socks are complete. Some people pick up an extra stitch at the corners to prevent gaps.

I was stunned to learn that there is an even easier way to prevent gusset gaps and all you need is two locking stitch markers.

Materials

Thanks to Skacel for providing the addi FlexiFlip needles and Schoppel Admiral Cat Print yarn used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Other Tools and Notions

  • 2 locking stitch markers

The Easiest Way to Prevent Gusset Gaps

Recommended Pattern

Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Secret Admirer Socks Pattern shown in this lesson has video tutorials to help you learn and practice these skills:
  • Cable Cast On with addi FlexiFlips
  • The Meaning of 'No Stitch' on a Stitch Chart
  • Knit 4 Together and Slip 4 Knit (k4tog/s4k)
  • Right and Left Twists (t2r/t2l)
  • Preventing Gusset Gaps
  • How to Turn a Sock Heel
  • Picking Up Stitches on a Garter Edged Heel Flap
Secret Admirer Socks Knitting Pattern: The easiest way to prevent gusset gaps

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How to prevent gusset gaps when knitting flap and gusset style heels. There's no need to pick up extra stitches.
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