Sock September

Common or Square Heels

Common, or Square Heels and Shaped Common, or Manufacturer’s Heels

Today’s video is on some early heel forms – the common or square heel, and a modification to that heel, the “shaped” common, or also called “manufacturer’s” heel.

These are interesting to study, but they don’t fit very well, and they leave a seam along the bottom of the heel. 

Here’s the video:

If you want to try these heels out, here are the tutorial patterns:

Tutorial Pattern, Common Heel:

Work Sock Heel Homework first, or work from a prior heel in the series.

Working flat over 20 sts (half our total stitches) turn work and purl 20 sts, turn.

Row 1 (RS): K20, turn.

Row 2 (WS): P20, turn.

Repeat Rows 1-2 fourteen more times for 30 rows, ending with a WS row. Divide the stitches onto two dpns and cut a tail about 6 to 8 inches long. Thread onto a tapestry needle. Starting from end with the tail, work Kitchener stitch to graft the 10 stitches to each other.

Join working yarn at bottom center of heel. Pick up 28 sts along right side of heel flap, place marker, k20 sts across instep, pm, pick up and knit 28 sts to bottom of heel. PM for beg of rnd. 76 sts.

Rnd 1: Knit to 3 sts from marker, k2tog, k1, sm, knit to marker, sm, k1, ssk, knit to bottom of heel. 2 sts decreased.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until you have 40 sts remaining.

Work 6 rnds in stockinette st to give separation for next heel.

Leave sts on the needle for the next heel.

Tutorial Pattern, Shaped Common Heel:

Work Sock Heel Homework first, or work from a prior heel in the series.

Working flat over 20 sts (half our total stitches) turn work and purl 20 sts, turn.

Row 1 (RS): K20, turn.

Row 2 (WS): P20, turn.

Repeat Rows 1-2 eleven more times for 24 rows, ending with a WS row.

Row 3 (RS): K8, k2tog, pm, ssk, k8, turn.

Row 4 (WS): Purl across, turn.

Row 5: Knit to 2 sts from marker, k2tog, sm, ssk, knit to end, turn.

Row 6: Purl across, turn.

Repeat Rows 5 and 6 once more. 14 sts on heel.

Divide the stitches onto two dpns and cut a tail about 6 to 8 inches long. Thread onto a tapestry needle. Starting from end with the tail, work Kitchener stitch to graft the 7 stitches to each other.

Join working yarn at bottom center of heel. Pick up 28 sts along right side of heel flap, place marker, k20 sts across instep, pm, pick up and knit 28 sts to bottom of heel. PM for beg of rnd. 76 sts.

Rnd 1: Knit to 3 sts from marker, k2tog, k1, sm, knit to marker, sm, k1, ssk, knit to bottom of heel. 2 sts decreased.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep Rnds 1-2 until you have 40 sts remaining.

Work 6 rnds in stockinette st to give separation for next heel.

Leave sts on the needle for the next heel.

I hope this was informative!!

Stay tuned on Monday for the next post in the Sock September series! Until then, Happy Sock Knitting!!

 

2 thoughts on “Common or Square Heels”

    1. Hi Claudia! Hmm, that’s strange, it should be embedded in the post, and it shows up for me on my computer. Here’s the link, though: https://youtu.be/bu6KhE2MaPc and I’ll also add the link in the post as well. Thank you for reaching out!

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