Sock knitters, why do I have this hole?

:think: I have knitted about 4 pairs of basic socks. EVERY time I get this hole in them. You know, the one beginners get after the picking up of sts on the gusset, then it shows up when you join the rnd . I hope I am making this clear. Since I don’t know why it is happening, I don’t really know how to explain where it is. It is on both sides of the sock. I have tried everything I know of. Thanks!

Yep its the hole you get when you change directions…

I found this a few years ago…

I have since developed my own little twist…but this where i started.

good luck!!!

when they tell you to pick up 18 (or whatever) number of stitches along the side of the heel flap, I view that as a recomendation. I always pick up 1 or even 2 extra stitches where that hole happens.

Thanks for the ideas so far. I am willing to give them a try. I am now working on a pair of socks with a pricey yarn and had hoped to figure this out by now.

I always pick up one or two extra as well.

This is where I’ve found most of the gusset mistakes to be. It makes the gusset a little longer when you pick up enough stitches to cover all the loops, but in the end, it really doesn’t matter if you’re doing a simple sock with no pattern involved, even if you have a design involved it shouldn’t make a different as long as you decrease correctly to the number of stitches you need to be working for the foot tube.

One more sock then I’m off to sweater land. At this point, after all the Christmas stockings and practice and all the socks I’ve knitted while being homebound… I honestly think I could turn a heel in my sleep.

:woohoo: Well, I tried it and guess what? It worked !!! Thanks everybody !!!

One other piece of advice on socks with dpns. I make sure my stitches are tight where that gusset area is to avoid holes by knitting tightly two stitches before and after each needle. Also I try to make sure there is not much gap where I pick up that stitch near the gusset. Never tried extra stitches but it’s a good idea. Hate to admit it but I have actually gone in after making a sock to fudge and close that hole.

I think every sock knitter has done that!!