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.

44 thoughts on “Short Row Heel – Part 1

  1. Hi Michele, I am working your two up pattern for a man and have 72 stitches on the needles. Can I assume I would wrap 12 (1/3 of the stitches) of the 36 stitches on the heel side? Just double checking.

    Thanks, Kathryn

  2. Have you watched Short Row Heels- Part 2 video? It should clear up all of your confusion. After wrapping each stitch you turn the work to the opposite side. After wrapping the 10th stitch in its pair on the purl side, turn to the knit side, slip the first stitch and then work to the first wrap to pick it up. It is much easier to watch in the video than I can explain it:)

  3. Im doing my first short row heel. I knit my first row, wrapped the last stitch, turn and purl to the last stitch and hit the counter. It always ends on the purl wrap. In the videos when you end, it looks like you are on the knit side. I cant seem to understand how I get from the last (10th) wrapped stitch to the knit side to begin picking up the wrapped stitches.
    Im stuck and would appreciate your advise.

  4. So sorry that short row heels are giving you problems. I have found that Japanese short rows can often be tidier than other methods. Often the jokes are a result of pulling too tightly. That being said, all methods leave a tiny hole so be patient with yourself. Happy knitting!

  5. I have tried short row heel 5 times and I keep getting holes no matter what I do. I am working the “Tree Of Life” Socks from Knit Picks ” Artful Arches” booklet. I can’t seem to be able to do short rows or German short rows. Please help!!!! Would the Japanese short row be better than the Wrap&Turn in your videos?

  6. Hi,
    I really appreciate your video on basic short row heel and it is the best. Many many thanks to you. I made slippers and follow your instruction on short row heel.


  7. Michelle,

    You have made not only a sock convert, but a Magic Loop TAAT convert! I am working through your patterns and learning new techniques each time. I really, really appreciate this.
    I like to know the whys as well as the whats. Can you explain (you’re a great teacher, so of course you can!) what wrapping the stitches does for the construction? Would the join be “holey” if you just slipped the stitches? TIA.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. 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. 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!

  19. Hi,

    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!!!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. 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.

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