3 Crochet Sock Heels to Master from Step Into Crochet
If you’re like me, you have lofty aspirations to one day have a wardrobe filled with handcrafted wearables. As a newbie crocheter, my journey to that handmade wardrobe starts with accessories. While I’m working up various scarfs, hats, headbands, and mittens, there is one accessory I’ve been too scared to even buy the yarn for: crochet socks.
As Rohn Strong says in his book Step Into Crochet:
Ask most crocheters if they’ve ever crocheted a sock and most of them will tell you one of two things –
‘Yes, but they never fit, so I gave up.’
‘No, but I’ve always wanted to!’
What’s so intimidating about crocheting a simple sock?
Start reading a crochet sock pattern and it’s easy to see why people get mentally stuck on certain aspects of the construction, especially the crochet sock heel.
Fortunately, Step Into Crochet is a go-to guide for everything you need to know to make the perfect crochet sock, including the troublesome heel. If you find yourself having trouble bringing your sock to heel (pun intended), try one of these three heel construction methods. Each has been adapted from its knitting counterpart to make a better fitting and more versatile crocheted sock.
The Round Heel
The standard round heel, also called the French heel, is one of the most popular heel types in both its cuff-down and toe-up variations. The round heel consists of a heel flap made from a trapezoid of fabric that is worked into the body of the sock to form a gusset.
The Strong Heel
This heel is very easy and fun to complete. Except for the turn, this entire heel is worked in the round to create the gusset. A short-row heel turn acts as a decrease method in the cuff-down version, while the toe-up strong heel’s turn is worked after the foot has been crocheted to the desired length.
The Band Heel
Also called a Dutch heel, the band heel works up well in both toe-up and cuff-down variations. The heel flap is worked on half of the total stiches to a designated length, then one-third of the total stitches in the center are used to create a band. This band is joined to the stitches on either side to form the gusset.
Thanks to Rohn, socks will no longer be my crochet Achilles Heel. I’m already looking at yarn to start working up my very own pair of crocheted socks with a custom heel (check out my predecessor Lisa’s own journey to the perfect sock). I know my socks will be a perfect fit!
Ready to start crocheting some socks? If so, tell me which heel really steps to attention for you, and check out Step Into Crochet for yourself!