How to Knit an Afterthought Heel

The afterthought heel is added after the entire body of the sock is completed down to the toes. You can use it instead of a gusset heel. It is easy to replace once worn out; it also lends itself to the use of contrasting yarns for an interesting heel addition.

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1At the end of the leg, knit half of the stitches using a smooth waste yarn of a similar thickness to the working yarn.

Your waste yarn can be a different fiber composition, so long as it’s smooth (not sticky) and of an appropriate thickness. You can even use the same yarn as you’re knitting with, but make sure it’s a different color!

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2Slip these stitches back to the left needle without twisting. Re-knit these stitches in the working yarn and continue working in pattern straight to the toe.

Once the toe is complete, you should recover the stitches for the heel.

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3Remove the waste yarn, placing the live stitches onto two double-pointed needles.

The heel opening will have the same number of stitches as the sock body.

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4Re-arrange the stitches onto four needles

Place markers at each side edge of the heel opening to mark the decrease points.

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5Decrease for the heel exactly as for the basic round toe.

End the decreases when approximately 2 inches’ worth of stitches remain.

6Graft together these stitches using the Kitchener Stitch.

This is the bottom corner of the heel.