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I have been knitting for 58 years and since the grandchildren arrived have been knitting daily. I decided I wanted to create easy predominantly seamless knitting projects because I love knitting in ...

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Basic Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Basic Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks
Basic Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks
Basic Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks
Basic Toe-Up Gusset Heel Socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • m1 - an increase of 1 stitch
  • p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
  • skp - slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch - a decrease of 1 stitch
  • sl1 - slip 1 stitch without working it. NOTE: this is slip 1 stitch NOT slip 11 sts!
  • yo - yarn over

Pattern Description:

Once you knit socks, especially the pretty patterned or striped ones (self-striping yarns), you may become addicted - even more so as you wear them because there are no seams to irritate your tender toes!!! Use a yarn blend that is machine washable and dryable (who wants to air dry their socks? Not me!) The variety of yarns out there is endless. I'm partial to Paton's sock yarns and Opal sock yarns (beautiful patterns within the yarn itself).

These are knit from the toe up using a Turkish Cast-On. If you do not already know how to do this wonderful technique, do an Internet search. Video instructions are abundant...or use whatever toe-up technique you like best. If you are totally stumped, email me at woohoopepper@hotmail.com, and I'll send you Turkish Cast-On instructions, but watching videos are best!


Measure the foot according to the instructions, knit swatch to get the correct measurement for the person's foot size - adjust needle size accordingly.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • different according to person's foot size; instructions given in the pattern for determining the foot circumference and needle size.


  • sock yarn - 2 skeins (231 yds/50 grams)
  • double pointed needles - Size 0 -2 - use the size that gives you the correct gauge
  • row counter - a must have if knitting two separate socks
  • row marker