Magic Loop Turn Heel

This photo tutorial will teach you how to perform the turn heel portion of your sock using the Magic Loop Method.  I am making Size Small socks.  If you are knitting socks in Size Medium or Large please follow the pattern stitch counts for your size.  The technique remains the same no matter the size.

Instructional steps are below each photo.

Row 1:  (RS) Sl 1, K 15, SSK, K 1.

Sl 1 as if to purl.
Sl 1 as if to purl.

The first stitch of every row begins by slipping the first stitch as if to purl.

Knit
Knit

Knit the next 15 stitches.

Knit stitch
Knit stitch

This is what your row should look like this far.  Knit across 14 more stitches.

Slip next 2 sts
Slip next 2 stitches

Slip next 2 stitches as if to knit.  In this photo one stitch (1) has already been slipped knitwise.

2 slipped stitches
2 slipped stitches

This is what the 2 slipped stitches should look like.  Next you are going to insert your left needle from left to right into the front of these two stitches and knit them together. This is called SSK (slip slip knit),

SSK left needle position
SSK left needle position

This is the position of the left needle to knit the 2 slipped stitches together. Yarn over your right needle (back needle) and knit the 2 stitches together.

After SSK performed.
After SSK performed.

This is how your SSK should look like after you have performed the previous steps.

Knit 1
Knit 1

Knit 1 after you have performed the SSK.  Turn your work.  You are ready for Row 2 of the Turn Heel portion of your sock.

Row 2: (WS)  Sl 1, P 5, P2tog, P 1. Turn.

Sl 1
Turned work to wrong side (WS)

You are ready to begin Row 2.

Purl next 5 sts
Sl 1

Slip the first stitch as if to purl.

Purl the next st
Purl the next 5 sts

Purl the next 5 stitches.

Space to the right
Space to the right

**Notice the space to the Right of the slipped stitch.  This is a good landmark for knowing when to perform SSK on the right side (RS) of your work. **

P2tog
P2tog

After you have purled the 5 stitches, Purl 2 together (P2tog).

Purl 1
Appearance of P2tog

This is how your P2tog should look after you have performed that step.

P 1
P 1

Purl 1 stitch after the P2tog.  Turn your work.

Row 3: (RS)  Sl 1, K 6, SSK, K 1. Turn.

Beg of Row 3, Sl 1
Beg of Row 3

**Note:  There will be a space on the Right needle after you Sl 1.  This will be a good landmark on the WS to alert you to P2tog.**

Follow your pattern instructions for the remainder of the turn heel flap per the size you are knitting.

On most sock patterns the designer will not write out each row for you to do after 4 or 6 rows.  There is a nifty trick I learned to keep track of this.  I make a chart for the patt rows in the pattern and add 1 st to each row after.  For instance if the pattern calls for Sl 1, P 9, P2tog, P1 on the last row of the directions, I know when I turn my work to the RS I am to Sl 1, K 10, SSK, K1.

Finished Turn Heel
Finished Turn Heel

This is what your completed Turned Heel should look like.  You did it!

Any questions or comments please feel free to ask, post a comment, or shoot me a message.

Happy Knitting!

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