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Hi first time at knitting socks…started small, toddler size, but seems to have unusually large ‘holes’ on the heel shaping bit…any ideas why…will try harder on the next one but feel there must be something I can do to correct this. I’m using magic loop, 16 stitches and German short rows

It may be that this method of finishing up the German short rows will help with the holes.

As an excellent sock knitter, @engblom may want to comment too.

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I am sorry because I do not know how to write this. I have written and erased the draft over and over and I simply do not know how to explain it in a good way so everybody understands it without making a video and right now I do not have time for such things.

The way I do GSR in the rounds I do not get this problem and I do not need any workaround (as in the article) to close the hole. I use Continental Combined knitting so the solution comes easy for me, but even when doing “normal” knitting it is possible to do the GSR correctly so no holes appear:

So, assume you are purling back the last time. When you are at the turning point turn your work and slip the first stitch knit-wise (changing orientation). Do the yarn-over and pull tight so the double stitch is formed. This is a normal GSR double stitch, but it is differently mounted on the needle. (It is mounted as if you would have been doing combined knitting.) Now work around. When you approach this double stitch from the other side, insert the needle from the right side into it and knit it: normally you insert the needle from the left side of the stitch, but this one, because of how it is mounted, you work from the right side.


Ok thank you, I will have a go…maybe it’ll just get better with practice…my first sock… so practice makes perfect as they say ! Thanks again


I really like toe-up socks with gusset and Fleegle heel. NO HOLES!!

You can learn all about them at She even has a pic of baby socks I made on her site! I’m by no means an expert sock knitter. I replied to an email in a knit-along, included the picture, and she asked if she could use it. For the (newborn) baby socks, I used her adult bulky pattern with sport weight yarn and #3 needles. I like the Turkish cast on and I substitute yarn over for make one (then knit through the back loop of the YO on the next round). This is how I make all my socks now. I have a high instep and the gusset helps a lot with that.


I also use Fleegle for most of my sock projects. Sometimes I make other heels just because it is nice with some variation, but Fleegle is my go-to heel and I highly recommend it. Like you I also use Turkish cast on for beginning the toe.


Best of luck! I never mastered no holes with cuff down. I was always closing them up with tapestry needle and yarn scraps.

I also like the Fleegle. I’ve tried afterthought, fish,kiss one, sweet tomatoe heel, boomerang heel and probably several others, but still prefer the Fleegle.

Who knew there were so many heel types!


Well, now that you’ve done one pair (congrats they are super) I predict you will be addicted, like the rest of us,

I like to make socks from cuff down. So I don’t know if what I learned is helpful. When you pick up stitches on the heal flap, the stitches that are next to cuff, instead of picking up stitches in the normal place, pick the stitch up one stitch below. I have made several pairs of socks, no holes.

I had a similar look the first time I tried German short rows. I think it could be just a tension problem. The first and last stitches of the heel tend to get pulled on a bit just through the mechanics of temporarily knitting back and forth on the heel stitches. This makes them a bit looser than the others. If you get a spare needle, you can carefully pull on the loose loops and redistribute the slack into the non-heel stitches until it is not noticeable.

As I knitted short-row heels more, my tension got better.

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