Crochet 101: The “Ugly” Heel and Foot

Get the Christmas music back on, and re-watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or whatever you need to do to keep in the Christmas mood, we’re ready to start the heel.

The heel will be worked as we did in Top Down Socks with only a couple minor change. The first change comes in the heel flap, we’ll need to bridge the beginning of the round we just finished so that the heel is on the side of the sock and shows off the picture when displayed.

First, place a marker at the beginning of the round. Then count backward 1/4 of the stitches in the round (13 if you’re following along) and attach your yarn to start the heel flap. I’ll be working with white for the heel and the toe on this one. Work your heel flap back in forth like normal, I did about two inches for mine. If you want a little more pronounced heel, go for three inches.

heel flap christmas

When the heel flap is done, move onto the short rows. Remember, with the short rows, it is MOST important to have an even number of stitches and the SAME amount of stitches unworked on both sides. If that means you have to work more than half the stitches or work less than half the stitches, that’s what you do. I left 8 stitches unworked on either side and had to single crochet 4 rather than three to get this one to work out right. I also had to change the last two rows so that I only worked two together once at the end of each row.

turning christmas.png

When you’ve finished the turning, cut your white and switch to green. To get the different color heel effect you see on some socks you work the heel in one color and the gusset and foot in a different color. In this case, the foot is going to be striped, so we’ll just start our stripes in the gusset.

The gusset will be worked the same as Top Down Socks, so I’m not going to go into much detail with that here. Just remember, because we’re using a larger yarn and hook, you may have a smaller gusset for this project. Of course, the longer your heel flap is, the bigger the gusset will be. Just remember to start the foot when you have the same amount of stitches as the cuff.

For the foot, I worked three stripes. Each one is about 1.5 inches (6 rounds) and they’re green, white, and red–in that order. See:

christmas boot.png

With the foot done, we can move onto the toe, but I’ll save that for the next post.

Oh, and does that leg look a little short? It’s ok. Next post we’ll also learn how to do some edging and work with bauble yarn all at the same time.





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