Gusset (Magic Loop Method)

Pick up stitches for the gusset using the magic loop method. Many knitters get a little “turned around” after the turn heel. Stay tuned to the “Gusset” video and you will glide right on down your sock in record time!

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  1. KnitWit
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I’m learning how to knit socks and your videos are the best I’ve seen! One question:
    I’m on the right side of my sock now as shown in the video. However, my needles are facing to the right! So I’d be picking up my first stitches with the purl side facing.
    Is this because I started my gusset on the purl side? And does it really matter which side I begin with?!
    Thanks so much!

  2. Posted June 23, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I just need a bit more info – did you start picking up the stitches for the gusset after knitting across the turn heel stitches? I do have a video on that section of the sock as well. You will get a ridge if you pick up the stitches with the wrong side of the heel flap facing. Keep me posted, I’m happy to help!

  3. KnitWit
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Ok, in backtracking, my final purl row of the turn heel had one more stitch than called for in the pattern…oooops. So my local teacher said to knit one more decrease row: sl1, k to end, then k2tog. Which I did. That’s why I’m left with my purl row facing to start the pick up stitches.

    As of now, I haven’t picked up ANY of them yet, awaiting more help :). I understand what you said about the gusset leaving a ridge, makes sense.

    Thank you so much again!

  4. Beth Ryan
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I bought a magic loop about 3 months ago, but I had put it away, because it looked so confusing, but after watching your videos, I am to the gusset point, and I love it!!! Your videos are so easy to watch and you demonstrate each step very well!! I don’t believe I could have made my sock without it. I do a step, and go back to your video and I have bookmarked your website ! I will reference you from now on!!! thanks so much. I have made one sock with double point needles, and I did it, but the magic loop makes it so much easier!!! I don’t have the ladders and I don’t have points sticking all over the place. Do you have your own patterns to make hats, scarfs, mittens?? Beth

  5. Posted November 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your kind words. You made my day! I do have patterns available in my Pattern Store and they are all supported with my video lessons. I hope you find something you like!

  6. BC (Wirey Willow)
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Dear Mrs. KnitPurl,
    I just had to write you to say (and I’m shouting this) THANK YOU (x1000)! Your videos have made it possible for me to knit my first sock using the “magic loop” technique. Although I’ve been knitting for over 30 years, I’ve never knitted a pair of socks until now. I must say I’m totally hooked! Your videos are not only so easy to follow but you have one of the most pleasant voices which helps instill confidence in your students. And although I had a couple of glitches, it wasn’t because of you – it was because I read the pattern wrong and had to take out my errors (several rows in fact). But I was able to follow your videos and they got me back on track. So thank you. One question, can I use the “magic loop” technique for ALL patterns? Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks again!
    Brenda Carter aka Wirey Willow

  7. BC (Wirey Willow)
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    Hey Michelle,
    I have one question: during the gusset decrease rounds if one did not notice one had to knit the entire second round but decreased each round what will that doo for the sock? I hope this is not a “stupid” question. If I have to take those rounds out (AGAIN) :-) then I just have to. Thanks for being patient with your “brand new” student. :-)

  8. Posted November 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I’m happy to further your sock addiction. I, too, love the magic loop. You may use the magic loop for any sock. I write all my patterns so they may be knit with dpns, magic loop or two circs. If your pattern calls for 3 or 4 needles simply divide your socks in half with first half for the front/instep and second half for the back/sole/heel. I hope this helps!

  9. Posted November 17, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    No such thing as a stupid question! If you decrease every round in the gusset then your sock will have a shorter instep and may be too tight. If you are knitting with the magic loop, slip the sock on and see how it fits. I know this is a painful section to rip out but it may be necessary. Let me know how you make out!

  10. Carla
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    i love your site totally has helped me adavance on my socks after not picking it up for three weeks however on the gusset i eneded with my needles back at postion one faceing to the right side did i knit to many rows should i pull out and try again because it seems to be going the exact oposite way on my directions HELP

  11. Carla
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    thanks for any help you can provide
    at work till tuesday cant get to instructers until wed

  12. Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I love that you are back working on your socks again. I need a little more info as to where you are exactly in the sock. Have you finished the heel flap and turn heel? Did you pick up the stitches along the sides of the heel flap for the gusset? I think we can get through this together!

  13. Carla
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    YES thank you i have finished the heel flap and turn heel havent picked up the stiches on the heel flap gusset yet thanks

  14. Posted January 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    With right side facing, knit across your turn heel stitches and you should be in position to begin the gusset section. Keep me posted on your progress!

  15. Carla
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  16. Sally
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I have a question. I just finished picking up all my stitches and am back to the beginning position. In doing so, it seems like the first side of the PU gets worked one extra time–picking up the stitches and then back around to the beginning stitches, whereas at that point the second PU side has only been picked up but not knit. Does that matter? Does the second side ever catch up?

    Normally on DPNs, I pick up 2 extra stitches at the gap, one on each side, then work 1 complete knit round, just doing a K2tog of those 2 extra stitches on either side, THEN start my decrease/plain rounds. I didn’t figure out how to do that with the magic loop. With magic loop I knitted those 2 extra stitches together AS I picked them up. Is that the correct way to do that?

    I bought your pattern and LOVE your videos! They are getting me through my first magic looped sock.

  17. Posted February 4, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Welcome to the magic loop! I am a HUGE fan. Let’s see if we can get you through the gusset and cruising on down to the toe. When picking up stitches along the heel flap for the gusset set up, the stitches on both sides are picked up AND knit. If you did not do this, do not fret. One little 1/2 round will go undetected in your sock. (I love how forgiving socks are!) As an experienced sock knitter, you have discovered a great way to close that gap that can creep into the gusset area by picking up 2 extra stitches. Your decrease strategy is a good one. Congrats and enjoy the sock!

  18. Sally
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Yes, I did pick up and knit when I picked up my gusset stitches, but in order to get back to starting position, you actually go past that first picked up side a second time. I’m now on the foot of my sock, and I cannot tell that that side has one extra row, so it didn’t seem to matter. Thank you for your help. Your videos are so clear, and you have a gift for teaching!

  19. Amy
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I have just finished the gussett and I need to move stitches from the front to the back so I have the same amount of stitches on each needle…How do I do this so that I have the gussett on each side?

  20. Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    When you say you have finished the gusset, do you mean that you have picked up all the stitches along the heel flaps? Have you worked the gusset decreases? After working the decreases you should have the same number on both the front and back needles.

  21. Sandy
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    thank you for your videos, they are very helpful. I have begun knitting my first pair of socks cuff down, two at a time on magic loop and have hit a dead end. I have done the heel flaps for sock one and two and have turned the heel for sock one and ready to pick up stitches to begin the gusset on sock one, but am not sure how to get back to sock two.

  22. Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    Congrats on your first cuff down attempt! When working cuff down socks two at a time with traditional heels, I separate my socks onto two needles to work the heels individually and then continue with two at a time after the heels are complete. Unfortunately the traditional heel does not lend itself to easy two at a time work. Hope this helps!

  23. Deb
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Dear KPH,
    Thanks for this video. The pattern I am doing calls for repositioning the stitches. I was successful doing this, but I have to say it was confusing and markers involved etc. I thought I did it wrong, but I seemed to work out ok. I like your method better where the instep stitches stay put and the heel stitches stay where they always stay. I think I’m going to try it this way. So basically, after you turn your heel, you just pick up the gusset stitches, right?

    Thanks!
    Deb

  24. Posted July 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to sock addiction! Yes, after turning the heel you will pick up the gusset stitches.

  25. Teri
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much ! Your videos have been so helpful!

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