Short Row Heel – Part 1

Short row heels are a great choice for socks. They most closely resemble a purchased sock and have the bonus of being quick to knit with less yarn used. Follow along with my new videos to create a professional looking heel. The use of a counter makes this method simple enough for a novice to master.

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  1. Karin Crowe
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Have enjoyed knitting from the toe up. A new experience for me.

  2. Wendy
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    these tutorials are very well done!

  3. Terri S
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for posting such great videos of all the processes. This has been a tremendous help to me. I am fairly new to sock knitting and this is my first toe-up sock. I am attempting to knit both socks as we move along each week but it is difficult to find enough knitting time. This is also my first KAL and I am really enjoying it. My friend and I shared with our spinning guild about this KAL. Hopefully some of them will join us.

  4. Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Welcome! Lots of spinners are sock addicts, too!!!

  5. Teri Taylor
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh my gosh!!!! I’m FINALLY sitting down to start my socks! I’m way behind….and I’m terrified. I’ve knit two whole pairs so far in my knitting lifetime……….and they turned out like I was knitting them for different mammals!!!! Nowhere near each other in size/shape/style…………so I signed up for this class. So………I’ve watched all of the videos, I’ve checked my gauge………….ready, set, go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Posted January 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    You can do it! I’m here if you need help.

  7. Sue
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I agree with Terri S—–I love your videos. I hope you keep this video up on your site so I can use it again in the future. I keep the printable instructions in my iBook so I can make these socks again later after I learn the other socks that you are going to teach us. Thank you for your site, instructions and videos. Best video that I have seen. Better than uTube.

  8. Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your kind words! I have over 50 videos accessible from my homepage by clicking on the Video Tips icon. I add several new ones each month. They are also available on youtube.

  9. patti
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    super psyched about the demo: easy to follow,sooo…glad you like to teach! thanks

  10. Posted January 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I have just loved these videos. They have been very simple and straight forward. Something I need at times. 🙂 Keep up the great work.

  11. Charlie Verhulst
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I love love love my sock so far – just started on Tuesday; and almost done with my new heel (W&T)! I love the Susanne yarn!! Thank You – for all of the Tutorials, a great help – my first pair of Toe-up socks – probably watched that one – 15 times, before I felt like I could jump in!

  12. Posted January 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    15 views, that makes us best friends!! Congratulations on your new heel!

  13. Ann Hoyle
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    A questions about short row wrapping: I have seen some video’s that tell you to bring the yarn back (if you’re knitting this row), THEN slip the stitch, return yarn and turn. Then other video’s tell you to slip the stitch FIRST, then move the yarn. Are both ways correct? I have always done it the first way, but now I’m getting confused. Does it matter which way you do it? Slip first or move yarn first?? Thanks for your help!

  14. Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    If you are on a knit row, the yarn is already in the back of your work. Slip, bring yarn to front, return slip stitch to LH needle, return yarn to back of work, turn. Hope this helps!

  15. Kathy
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink


    How do you, or can you convert a pattern with a heel flap to short row heel? I am using magic loop method.

    Thanks much!!!

  16. Posted October 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    It is actually very simple. Knit the leg to the desired length and then go directly to the short row heel. The heel flap portion is eliminated. After the short row heel, you may continue the leg design over the instep (top of the foot) or knit the foot in stockinette. Happy knitting!

  17. cynthia schmitz
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I am enjoying your KAL but when I tried to go to this video it says there is a plug-in missing. Could you possibly repair this so that I can benefit from your excellent videos?

  18. cynthia schmitz
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Yikes. What a computer novice I am! Obviously the plug-in is missing on my end. Sorry.

  19. Posted November 19, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    No worries! Always refresh the page as a first step to see if that helps. My videos are also on Youtube with the same titles if that is easier. Please let me know if you were able to access the videos!

  20. Rachel Frank
    Posted December 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    As usual great video! This is my first time making socks and your videos have made everything clear and easy. I’m no longer intimidated by the idea of knitting a sock 🙂

  21. Johanna
    Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    These videos are the best–now I get it! Thanks so very much–I’m no longer afraid to go forth and actually knit socks from all that wonderful sock yarn I optimistically keep buying. Thanks so much!

  22. Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    You are most welcome!

  23. Roxane gunser
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Michelle, thanks for this super clear short row tutorial. Mega helpful!

  24. Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Happy sock knitting!

  25. Lisa
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Very interesting video, I wish you had a companion video for these wrap stitches for Continental knitting…its tying my brain in knots trying to figure out how to do this holding the yarn in my left hand…do you have companion videos for us? Thank you.

  26. Posted January 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I can totally appreciate the brain tease! Move your yarn in between the needles to either the front (on right side) or the back (on the wrong side) before slipping the stitch. Return the yarn to its previous positions and then move the stitch back to the left hand needle – it is wrapped. Hope this helps!

  27. Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Michelle, I am working with the magic loop making a lucky 13 bed sock for a man size. I have twelve stitches on each needle. How many wrap stitches do I do for the first step of the begin of the short row shaping for heel?. In your video you wrapped ten with 32 stitches on each needle. My instructions say, in the last round move the beg of rnd marker to the center bottom of sock; 6 sts in either direction from current marker and work to this marker. I am confused with the placement of these markers too. Then using dpns to k9, turn, yo onto rt needle, p 18, turn. Yo onto rt needle, k17, turn. Continuing this until I have completed the 8th row. This is the first time I have done the magic loop so it is hard to figure out how to changes the pattern from the dpns version to a magic loop pattern. Pls help. This so much!

  28. Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    You do not have to switch to dpns to knit the heel for your sock. It sounds as if you have 48 total stitches and 24 stitches for the heel? If this is the case, follow my video only leaving 8 unwrapped stitches and 8 pairs of wrapped stitches. Generally, about 1/3 of the stitches remained unworked in a heel. Happy knitting!

  29. Posted March 25, 2015 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Michelle I have twelve stitches on each needle a total of twenty four stitches.

  30. Posted March 25, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I looked up the pattern on Ravelry and they provide a link for more information on the pattern.

  31. Posted March 27, 2015 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Do you have a video on finishing the heel using the magic loop?

  32. Posted March 27, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    In my short Row Heel Part 2 video, I am working with the magic loop so you can see how I handle it. However, yhe knitting is the same whether on one circ, two circs or dpns. Happy knitting!

3 Trackbacks

  • By Center of Attention – Part 3 on January 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

    […] my two-part video, “Short Row Heel, Part 1 & Part 2”, and complement those lovely cables with this slick heel technique.  If you are […]

  • By Repeat Peformance – Part 3 on November 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

    […] videos that will assist you with the heel construction.  If you are new to Short Row Heels, “Short Row Heel – Part 1 and Part 2” will take you through each step of the process.  A separate video, “Two at a Time […]

  • By Crimple – Part 3 on January 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

    […] Before beginning the heel, I recommend placing a lifeline in the sock to safeguard the foot stitches and make repair work much simpler if necessary.  To begin the heel, work across the instep using the next row of the charted design.  (Example: If your last row on the foot was Row 18, then you will work across the instep in Row 19.)  These instep stitches will now rest while the heel is worked over the sole stitches.  The heel is worked back and forth as in flat knitting.  Part One of the Heel is worked in stockinette as you Wrap & Turn.  I find the use of a counter especially helpful in heel construction.  Watch my video to guide you through each step – See Short Row Heel – Part 1. […]

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