Gusset Decrease Section using Magic Loop Method

This photo tutorial will walk you through the steps of the gusset decrease section using the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round which also applies to using dpn’s.  Let’s get started!

Chart for keeping track of decreases and stitch pattern.
Chart for keeping track of decreases and stitch pattern.

Get your chart you made for keeping track of gusset decreases and stitch pattern for the top of the sock. The numbers on the left side of the chart are the round numbers, numbers across the top are the sequence of pattern repeats, on the right side of the chart are the decrease and stitch pattern.  Odd numbered rounds are always decrease and knit across the top of the sock while even numbered rounds you knit across the gusset section and pattern stitch across the top of the sock.

K2tog
K across heel.

Knit across the heel to the end of the heel section. Slip stitch marker.

Heel section completed.
Heel section completed.

This is what your heel section should look like when you reach the end.

Knit to 3 stitches before end of first gusset section.
Knit to 3 stitches before end of first gusset section.

Knit across the first gusset section to 3 stitches before your stitch marker separating gusset section from the top of the foot.  K2tog (knit 2 together), Knit 1.  Slip marker.

Gusset appearance.
Gusset appearance.

Your first gusset stitches and decrease should look like this.

Knit across top of the foot in pattern per your pattern instructions.  Slip marker.

K 1, SSK
K 1, SSK.

After slipping the stitch marker separating top of the foot and second gusset Knit 1, SSK (slip, slip, knit).  To perform the SSK you will slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip the next stitch as if to knit.  Photo above shows how to slip your stitches.

Position of slipped stitches and working needle.
Position of slipped stitches and working needle.

Insert your left needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together with the right needle.  Photo above shows proper position of left and right needles to perform the stitch.  Remember the left needle is always in front of the right needle for this stitch.

Appearance of K 1, SSK completed.
Appearance of K 1, SSK completed.

Notice the SSK (Slip Slip Knit) leans to the right.  This is the correct angle for this stitch.  Knit across the remaining gusset stitches to stitch marker between the gusset and heel.

Second gusset section decrease appearance.
Second gusset section decrease appearance.

You have now successfully performed the first set of gusset decreases.  Your second gusset section should look like this.  You’re ready for Round 2 of the gusset decrease section.  In Round 2 you will knit across the heel, first gusset section, pattern stitch across top of foot, knit across second gusset section.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have the required stitch count per your pattern for the size  you are making.  Remember to check off each round on the chart at the end of each round.  There is nothing more frustrating than having to figure out which round you are on in this section!  Even experienced sock knitters forget at times losing precious knitting time in having to get back on track.

**NOTE:  At times I decrease the gusset section a bit more than the pattern calls for as I have narrow feet.  You can do this for a better fit and not affect the pattern stitches of the top of the foot.

Happy Knitting!

Set Up Round for Gusset Decrease using Magic Loop Method

This tutorial will walk you through the gusset decrease set up round.  Written explanations are below photos.  Let’s get started!

Make a chart of decrease rounds/pattern rounds.
Make a chart of decrease rounds/pattern rounds.

Before I begin the gusset decrease section I make a chart to keep track of the decrease rounds and the stitch pattern sequence.  This makes it easy to keep track of where you are in the process.  First we need to knit a set up round before we begin the decrease rounds.

Knit across the heel.
Knit across the heel.

Bring your back needle to the front needle, knit across the heel stitches in Magic Loop method.

Heel stitches knit.
Heel stitches knit.

This is what the heel stitches should look when you are at the end of the heel.  Slip the stitch marker.

Ktbl
Ktbl

After slipping the stitch marker ktbl (knit through the back loop) across the gusset section to next marker.

Ktbl gusset section
Ktbl gusset section

This is what your ktbl gusset section should look at the end of the gusset section.  Slip stitch marker between gusset and top of foot section.

After slipping the stitch marker knit in pattern across the top of the foot.  Remember half your top of foot stitches will be on one needle while the remaining half will be on the other needle. At the end of this section slip the stitch marker.

Ktbl
Ktbl

After slipping the stitch marker ktbl across the second gusset stitches to end of that section.  Slip marker.

You are now ready to begin the gusset decrease section of your sock.  I will publish a photo tutorial for that section.

Happy Knitting!

Creating the Sock Gusset using Magic Loop Method

This photo tutorial will teach you how to pick up the gusset stitches using the Magic Loop Method.  As always written directions are underneath the photos.

Correct position of knitting needle for picking up stitches.
Correct position of knitting needle for picking up stitches.

Bring enough cable out to easily reach the first slipped stitch.  Place a stitch marker on your working needle. Insert your needle from the front to the back ensuring your needle goes through BOTH loops of the slipped stitch. The gusset you are creating here is on the left side of the turned heel.

Yarn over needle.
Yarn over needle.

Yarn over your needle and pull through the slipped stitch.

First stitch picked up
First stitch picked up

This is what your first picked up gusset stitch should look like.

Second picked up stitch
Second picked up stitch

Insert your needle into the next slipped stitch, yarn over and pull through the slipped stitch.  Repeat this across the side of your sock for the required number of stitches in your pattern.

One gusset completed!
One gusset completed!

You have now completed the first gusset.  Place a stitch marker after the last picked up stitch and the top of your sock and knit in pattern across the top of the sock.

Pick up second gusset stitches.
Pick up second gusset stitches.

Place another stitch marker on your working needle, pick up gusset stitches along the second side of your sock in the same manner as the opposing side.  The photo above shows what your sock should look like at this point.  Place another stitch marker after last picked up stitch.  I recommend this stitch marker be a different color if possible as this is the beginning of the round.

You will have to adjust your cable and needles to knit in the round using the Magic Loop method.  I usually split the top of the foot stitches in half, gently pulling the cable out slowly moving the stitches onto the needles. Remember to keep your working yarn in the back, sliding back needle out of stitches bringing it to the front needle to knit.

You are ready for the gusset decrease section of your sock.  I will be publishing a photo tutorial for that section. Continue reading

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!