Knitting Help – Correcting Gaps in Socks

[music] in this video, i’m going to show you how to
prevent, or really repair gaps in socks. and if you know what i’m talking about, you
can picture it in your head. if you have never knit socks before or you
haven’t experienced this, this is something that happens whether you’re knitting cuff
down or toe up socks. right where the heel meets the rest of the
sock, you can end up with a gap right there, a hole in the sock. and i get questions from people all the time
about how to prevent that and how to repair it. and the reason that it happens is, if you
take the heel away, you have a tube sock. right? so you have to put the knitting on hold to
knit the heel, and when you go back to knitting in the round again, that is a strain point. and a place where you can have an extra space
or a gap the strain or the extra space is what can create the gap or both. so again, it’s toe up, cuff down, whatever
the style of sock you’re knitting, it can happen. it can also happen, it’s less likely to happen,
but it can also happen at the end of a toe on toe up socks. but the way to fix it is the same, regardless. so i’m going to show you how to do that. this is my actual sock that i am knitting
right now. this is my project. and i’ve just finished knitting the heel. and i’m ready to go back and incorporate the
stitches and knit in the round. this is a really fine gauge, and the space
from here to here is really significant. if i just knit that first stitch without fixing
this, there will likely be a hole in my socks right there. so this is something you can do, i pretty
much do it every time wtihout even looking because it’s just kind of a safety measure. you want to put your needle in somewhere,
under at least two legs. wrap it and pull it through, and then take
a close up look. if it’s stretching like crazy, you want to
drop that stitch and try it somewhere else. or if it looks pretty good, you can leave
it. it did look good, i want to leave it. but i dropped it to show you you could drop
it! [laughs] that looks really good. i’ve picked up a stitch there, i can just
work across my stitches now, wtih that extra stitch. and if it’s a really bad gap, you can consider
picking up a couple of stitches. i don’t know that i’ve ever had to do that,
but i can imagine if you’re using a bulky yarn, where it might be necessary. this little red marker has nothing to do with
what i’m showing you now! i always mark the sock after i finish the
heel so i can count the cuff stitches. and make another sock to match. okay, i just want to get to the other side
to show you, do the same thing again. i look at the space between my working yarn
and my next stitch. pretty significant, so i’ll pick up and knit
an extra stitch in that space. this one is kind of way over to the side here,
that’s fine, everthing else looks too loosey goosey to support a stitch. but this will still serve to fill that gap. you’ll be surprised. okay, you don’t have to watch me knit the
rest of the sock. i can just explain to you what happens next. after you finish that round, you’ll find that
you’ve picked up two stitches, you have two extra stitches. just in the same spot where you picked those
up, decrease them back out on the next round. it doesn’t really matter what decrease you
use, i always just use knit two together. it’s not going to show anyway, because you
have the line from the wrap and turns on teh sock or the gusset stitches either or. an extra decrease there isn’t going to matter
much. so just knit two together on the next round
to get your stitch count back where it was before, and then you’re good. you can use this on ever pair of socks you
knit forever, and you won’t have any more gaps in your socks. well, i hope so! good luck! [whooshing sounds] [music]

30 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Correcting Gaps in Socks

  • You are so adorable.  Thanks for the tip.  It makes so much sense and should be a no-brainer, but………..those of us who never thought of doing this simple little trick greatly appreciate this little tidbit.  I've been knitting for years and never even considered this before……Again, thank you. Love your videos and I look forward to Wednesday when a new one comes out.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Thank you so much this video!! It has answered all my questions.  Have tried picking up a stitch before but as you said "they are lucy goosy." Now I know that it is okay to reach back or down to find stable place for the stitch.  No more repairing after I finish the sock.

  • This is what I do with the the stitches that just hang there while I am doing the heel: I get 2 clip-able stitch markers and put the the first and last stitch  on the clip-able stitch marker. In this way, those stitches sitting there do not get stretched out as much.  I also do what you do as well. I like your idea of going several rows below to pick up those 2 extra stitches. Thanks also look forward to your helpful videos.

  • I use a lifted increase when doing toe up socks.I found out by knitting baby socks for my new grandson who is due in March 2015. The lifted increase does not leave a hole.

  • Is this the same principle when you're picking up the under sleeve stitches on the body of a knit in the round sweater to knit the sleeves? I tend to pick up a couple more stitches in that area to close up the gap between the sleeve and the under arm a bit.  

  • I have a video request for you.  It's not a request for a particular stitch but could you do a video on a stitch/pattern for a very easy beginners' lace stitch?  I'm having a very tough time finding good beginner videos to learn to knit lace from and it's hard because I mess up anytime there's a double yarn over.  And I can't figure out whether to do a yarn over on the front or the back and so on, it's confusing when a pattern says it and I don't know how to do it before or after a knit or purl stitch, like you do you drape the yarn from the front to the back or the back to the front?  I'd really appreciate your help, thanks!

  • Being a new sock knitter this video was especially helpful as well as all of your other videos….could you make a video on the different needles that are best for sock knitting? Perhaps your favorite pair of needles for sock knitting?

  • I put an interchangeable cable with stoppers on it instead of leaving one of my needles in, when working the heel.  It seems like there's less strain on the corner, and it's a lot more comfortable to work around.  

  • This is how I always do it.  Very frustrating to finish a sock and find a hole where the heel meets the gusset.  You're right, the solution is easy and virtually invisible. I do this technique with dpns.  I've yet to try circular needles but think I'll give it a shot after watching how easy you make it seem. Thanks. 

  • This is probably obvious, but k2tog twice? Once on the one place where you picked up a stitch, and again at the other place?


  • Thanks for the tip! I am currently working on a sock using DPNs. I just finished the heel flap and am starting the heel turn. Tomorrow I will need to use this tip. Thanks again!

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