Afterthought Heel – Part 1

An afterthought heel is added after the foot and leg of the sock is completed. This heel is a great choice for color work socks and creating contrasting colored heels. Part 1 demonstrates placing the waste yarn that will later be removed to insert the heel.

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8 Comments

  1. Debbie
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Instead of slipping stitches back to the needle after knitting in the row of waste yarn, I purl back instead to get to the beginning of the row. In your opinion, does one method have an advantage to the other? As usual, your videos are great!

  2. Posted February 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Your method adds an extra row to the leg. In a plain design this would be fine. Slipping the stitches back to the left hand needle allows you to maintain the design without interruption. I will have to try your method soon! Happy knitting!

  3. Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    When do you start knitting in the round again? After that last row you did in purple?

  4. Posted February 10, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    After knitting in the waste yarn, the stitches are returned to the left hand needle and then you will knit in the round as if there was no interruption to your pattern.

  5. Teresa Czekalski
    Posted February 11, 2012 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    I prefer my socks shorter than what the finished sock will be. I’m working the small size.
    If I work only 1/2 of the section 2 and 3 repeats will that affect the final design? Section 1 is 3.25 in.

  6. Posted February 11, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Working 1/2 of the rounds per section is a great idea! Kudos for thinking of it!

  7. Olga Quigley
    Posted May 8, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Can an after thought heel also be done on a cuff down sock?

  8. Posted May 8, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Yes, the heel is completely reversible.

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