Anatomy and Fit of 3 Top Down Knit Sock Heels

Anatomy and Fit of 3 Top Down Knit Sock Heels - (flapless) gusset heel, flap and gusset heel, short row heel
Knit socks can feel so cozy when they fit properly and part of a good fit is related to the heel shaping. Depending on the shape of your foot, it's quite likely that some heels fit better than others.

Before You Begin

Three of the most popular heel shapes for socks knit from the top down are the (flapless) gusset heel, the flap and gusset heel and the short row heel.

Each shaping method has variations of course, but for the most common versions, the gusset heel is a good fit for people with higher than average insteps, the flap and gusset heel is a good fit for people with an average instep and the short row heel is a good fit for people with lower than average insteps.

Materials

  • Zitron Trekking Sport
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn for the socks shown in this tutorial. It's available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Anatomy and Fit Comparison of 3 Top Down Sock Heels

Recommended Pattern

Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Ready, Set, Go Socks pattern has videos to help you learn more about:
  • Anatomy and Fit Comparison of 3 Top Down Sock Heels
  • Alternating Long Tail Cast On for Ribbing
  • Pick Up and Knit
  • Wrap and Turn for Short Rows
  • The Unforgettable Kitchener Stitch
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