Heel & Toe Variations for Top Down Socks

Do you love knitting socks and are ready to adjust the fit and feel of your finished project? Find heel flap and toe variations you can make to the next pair you knit! Learn construction techniques for each one and how to incorporate the heel into your own sock stitch count in the course workbook.
Tabetha Hedrick · September 28, 2022
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Welcome to Heel & Toe Variations for Top Down Socks course taught by Tabetha Hedrick!

If you’re anything like me, you not only know how to hand knit socks but you’re obsessed with socks. Perhaps you’re ready to up your game a bit to adjust the fit and feel of your finished project.

Well, I’m going to knock your socks off with some fun heel flap and toe variations and modifications you can make to the next pair you knit (see what I did there?)

In this workshop you’ll learn how to knit:

  • Four Heel Flap Variations:
    • round heel
    • Dutch heel
    • German heel
    • half-handkerchief heel
  • Four Toe Variations:
    • round toe
    • wide toe
    • star toe
    • French toe

I’m assuming you’re here because you’re already familiar with the traditional heel flap and toe. I will go over the construction techniques for each one and you will find thorough instructions on how to incorporate the heel into your own sock stitch count in the course workbook under the Downloads tab. It’ll have a bit of math (very little, I promise) so you can plug in your own stitch counts for a perfectly custom fit. If you need a refresher, be sure to re-watch Module Two of Custom Top-Down Socks for Beginners course first and you may choose to use the custom top down sock pattern included for members and modify it!

Check the materials tab to download the course workbook, view the supplies list and then meet Tabetha over in Lesson One!

For any questions, to share your own sock projects and photos, come visit us in the SOS community forums! Plus, tag us on Instagram with #sosknitting and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!



Join us at the online SOS meetups taking place this week…⁠

• TODAY, May 1st, 10:00 AM PDT: Knit Meetup with Robyn // Bring along any fibre craft project and come enjoy the fun chat on Zoom.⁠
• Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00 PM PDT: Looking at Twills with Laura Fry // We`ll be meeting on Zoom for the live lecture where Laura will talk about how twill works and how to create designs that work best with your cloth.⁠

All of the information and links to join in can be found at our SOS Event Calendar. We hope to see you online soon!

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New at the School is Amanda Buckley`s @mandythephilomath article Twist And Shout: Why Twist Direction Matters In Your Making, arming you with the knowledge of how our techniques can change yarn as we work with it, and how we can choose to compensate for it or even amplify it for effect.⁠

Read the full post at the SOS site (link in bio)!⁠

#schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosspinning #sosknitting #soscrochet #spinningyarn #handspun #yarn #handspunyarn #handspunstagram

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The tubular cast on is an invisible cast on that’s great for hems, cuffs, and ribbing edges where you want to have a bit of elasticity. It creates a super stretchy and beautiful edging for your knit pieces, and in Tabetha`s @tabismiles new How to Work a Tubular Cast On post, you can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to work these cast on stitches!⁠

Find the new Tubular Cast On post at the School – link in bio »⁠

Shown in the image is Kristen`s @kristentendyke Drifter pattern, knit in @sweetgeorgia Superwash Worsted.⁠

#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #tubularcaston #knitting #knittingtutorial

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Lisa Congdon calls it loud quitting: an assertive and unapologetic no to everything in her life she finds draining, feels done with, one-sided, obligatory, without purpose or joy. Sounds cathartic. If project management is a matter of managing our motivation, then loud quitting is the decision to face our setbacks and hang-ups, evaluate the project, and get rid of it completely. It is time to get frogging.⁠

At Amanda Buckley`s @mandythephilomath new article `Frogging & The Art of Project Management`, continue reading about frogging and the anatomy of a quit. We can undo a little bit to fix an error, or we can undo the whole lot and reclaim the yarn. Both options are valuable tools in the art of project management. Find the article link in our link in bio!⁠

#sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #frogging #knitting #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig

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Have you ever wished you knew exactly what yarn to get in a rush order or trip to an LYS, that you could predict the finished drape and feel of your project, or (gasp) could skip gauge swatching? I have some tips and tricks on creating a gauge library to help you with all three of the objectives above. (Okay, you might not be able to skip gauge swatching; Tabetha Hedrick, SweetGeorgia’s guru of gauge, is watching me! But having a gauge library will make that step go by just a little quicker!)⁠

Continue reading Ruth Nguyen`s @redearthdesignstudio new How to Create a Gauge Library article, where we hope you are inspired to start your own. Knowledge is power, and knowledge that is catalogued and easy to access is that much more powerful—especially when it comes to our knitting and crochet projects!⁠

#sosknitting #gaugeswatch #gaugelibrary #gotgauge #knitting #knittersofinstagram #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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