Sock It To Me Heel Patterns Glossary

Look at the new blog page! I’ve been so enthralled by the different types of knitted sock heels that it’s time to make a glossary so I can quickly look up.

If you know of any other heels or links I should include, PLEASE leave a comment so I can add it to the page.

I know that I don’t have links to all of the toe-up sites, the grandkids have been here since Wed so I’ve had to squeeze this project into the little time I’ve had.

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Sock It To Me Heels

Heel options. Ravelry: Taina's Kannanottoja

Heel options. Ravelry: Taina’s Kannanottoja:Cuff down: French 1 Dutch 2 Taffy 3 Band 4 heel Shaped common heel 9 Toe-up: French 5 Dutch 6 round 7 Reverse Dutch 8 other Afterthought: sädekavenus 13 Heel edeellä 10 unnamed 11 Afterthought tape 12, Short Rows One wedge heel 14 hourglass 15 Sweet tomato 16

I’ve been on a sock knitting kick since February. Unfortunately, my head injury has slowed me down considerably. If I’m not seeing double, I’m dizzy, both make it hard to knit.  Anyway….. I’ve been introduced to different ways to knit heels. Who knew? It was a sock knitter’s secret.

All of these wonderful names for heels, but what do they look like. The Addicted to Knitting Socks FB group drops these names as if they are old friends. To a newbie socker, such as I, this sock heel key is a wonderful tool. It was posted on FB Knit-N-Purl- Soctober. The chart is downloadable to use as a reference. This is the link to Taina’s Ravelry page where she has the chart, scroll down to the bottom for descriptions and links. Taina also has a wonderful blog, Käsillään. It’s in Finnish but I found links to English sites for the socks.  I know some of the heel patterns shown in the chart are not free. An Internet search did turn up quite a few free instructions.

Onerva Socks picture by © verano

Onerva Socks picture by © verano

I’ve found so many Finnish sock patterns lately. I’m figuring it has to do with the mtDNA (maternal DNA) which leads directly back to Finland. The earliest Finnish female line I have is from the 1500’s. In fact, I just translated the Onerva sock pattern, by Suvi Heikkilä from Finnish into English. I contacted her to see if she wanted the English translation, but have not had a response.

Fish Lips Kiss Heel © Patty-Joy White aka SoxTherapist

Fish Lips Kiss Heel © Patty-Joy White aka SoxTherapist

The wildly popular Fish Lips Kiss Heel, by Patty-Joy White aka Sox Therapist, which is $1.00 on Ravelry, is not shown in the chart. I purchased the pattern, but have not tried it yet.

So, what is your favorite heel? I really need to try more heels. I did knit the French heel in my February socks.

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Daffodils Are Here


My March, Sock-It-To-Me 2015, Ravelry group, Daffodil socks are done! The birthstone for March is aquamarine and it’s flower the daffodil. I had originally planned on knitting a pair of socks evoking the wonders of water, using a beautiful skein of yarn with various shades of aquamarine with just a hint of yellow, which I ordered from an Etsy vendor. However, the Etsy time for my review came in before the skein was even sent. I had to email the person after 5 days to see when it would be sent. Sigh…… I’ve never had this problem before. So on to Plan B – I knit the Worsted Anklet pattern by JoAnne Turcotte for Kraemer Yarns, adding a lace pattern to the top. The original, Elisabeth Lavold wool was putty color, so, after the socks were done, I overdyed the socks into this pretty daffodil color. I’ve never overdyed after a project was finished before so my fingers were crossed. The pattern looks as if those are closed daffodil bud.

Undyed Daffodil Sock showing pattern

Undyed Daffodil Sock showing pattern

The socks were knit using a magic loop. For me, circular knitting is either done on two needles or using the magic loop. With this pattern, there were a total of 40 stitches, 20 on each part. The lace pattern for the instep was based on a 16 st pattern, an 8 stitch repeat. I knit two stitches before beginning the pattern and two stitches at the end of the pattern to give the 20 stitches required. I know I’ve blogged about using graph-lined index cards to make my knitting easier. This is the card I used while knitting the lace pattern on Daffodil. For my foot length (Ladie’s size 8), I repeated the lace pattern 3 times.

Lace Pattern for Daffodil

Lace Pattern for Daffodil

I add the two + on either end of the pattern as a visual reminder to me that I had to knit the first two and last two stitches of the row. Knit the pattern on the odd rows and knit across the even rows.  I’m not sure when I changed from having to read a row of printed lace pattern to being able to read a chart. Hasn’t been that long.


It’s All About The Socks in German


Frischer Kaffee by Sylvia

Frischer Kaffee by Sylvia Regenberg

You must, must, must visit Sylvia Regenberg on her Fido blog (after you read this one). See those beautiful socks pictured above, knit using Online stretch? Sylvia knitted the sock and then posted this picture on Addicted to Knitting Socks FB page. I was in love! The pattern, the colors! Yikes! I followed her link to a free pattern on Ravely called Frischer Kaffee (Fresh Coffee). After downloading the pattern, I clicked on another link and was lead to a German sock pattern forum. There are so MANY beautiful, fabulous free sock patterns that it makes my head spin!! Really! No, I cannot read German, however I did not let that stop me from figuring out the patterns.  Copy and paste the pdf text into Google Translate to get the general idea. Knitting Fool has the best knitting terms translated into English site. It also works the opposite way, if you are a German speaker, you can click on German to see the English terms. Always remember that the German language loves compound words! Frequently two are more words are combined together to make one long word. These are the languages available:

Knitting Terms Translated

Knitting Terms Translated from Knitting Fool

Sorry, if you’re hoping I’ll translate a whole pattern for you, not gonna happen. Retired or not, I will always be a teacher. 😎 I’m working on a pair of socks right now and will use the measurements for those socks in this post. This post is with the assumption that you, dear reader, are familiar with the basic design for knitting socks, this one is cuff down. Just recognizing a few terms can help you figure out the pattern without “reading” all of the words. For the socks I tended to like, it was the different legs that I was interested in. You can knit your own cuff, heel, foot and toe. Also remember, that translations from any language cannot be “exact” since sentence construction is individual to each language. Here are some general terms:

Stricken = knit

gestrickt = knitted

krause masche = purl stitch

glatt rechts = stockinette

Maschenanschlag 59 Maschen = Cast on 59 stitches

  • Maschenanschlag = cast on
  • Maschen = stitches
  • Masche = stitch

pro Nadel = per Needle

  • Nadel 1 = Needle 1  – see how many stitches on needle 1, etc for Nadel 2, Nadel 3, and Nadel 4. (Or, use two circular needles as I do, and cast 29 stitches on each needle)

Bündchen die Maschen or Bündchenmuster = Rib stitches

runden = rounds/row

Schaft = leg

10 Runden Bündchenmuster habe ich den Schaft angefangen. ” = Knit 10 rounds of rib then start the leg, see how you only need to recognize a few words?

Schaftlänge (Shaft length) = Leg length

Mustersatz 1 für erste (1st) und dritte (3rd) Nadel = Chart for 1st and 3rd needle
Mustersatz 2 für zweite (2nd) und vierte (4th) Nadel = Chart for the 2nd and 4th needle

  • Mustersatz = chart

Note: Since I use two circulars, I just combine 1st needle and 2nd needle on one circular and 3rd and 4th needle on the second.

29 Maschen für die Ferse = 29 Stitches for the heel

  • Ferse = heel
  • Bumerangferse = Heel row

So, work the heel on 29 stitches. Use your favorite heel pattern or, if there is a chart, use that.  Most sock knitters have a heel they like. Knit your favorite gusset, then knit the foot to the toe. If the pattern pattern continues on the top to the toe, continue the pattern.

Tomorrow I’ll cover the charts. They do not seem to have a “universal knitting chart language” as the US does.

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FO: Tidal Wave Socks

Tidal Wave_

Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake


Tidal Wave and Shoes

Tidal Wave and shoes

Love, love, love the way these socks fit! Softer that soft! No judging! But….. I actually blogged about starting these socks on July 15, 2012, This Sock Pattern Is Much Better! Yarn? Debbie Macomber Petals, (merino, angora, and nylon). Pattern? Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake. WIP finished = check!

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Nostepinne Madness

Just the beginning

Just the beginning



My "nest" with a center pull

My “nest” with a center pull

What was I thinking? Winding 100 grams of my hand-dyed, amethyst-colored, sock yarn on a nøstepinde is not a quick undertaking.  I guess I was trying to “feel-as-one” with my Norwegian ancestors. Been thinking a lot about my grandma, Grandma’s favorite gem was the amethyst and flower the violet. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this month’s sock is based on the amethyst and violet. Grandma was a first generation American, her parents came from Norway. With her foremost in my thoughts while working on this project, it’s not surprising that I eschewed my swift and winder.

The nostepinne, also spelled nystepinne or nøstepinde, is a traditional Scandinavian tool for spinners, weavers, and knitters to wind a center-pull ball of yarn. Nostepinne translates to “nest stick”. It looks like a big dowel, a really fancy one.  Grandma’s sisters told me that it was the traditional engagement gift in Norway. A young man would carve one for his bride-to-be.  Some of them were very elaborately carved, lucky women who received them. How wonderful it would have been to have inherited one from my Norwegian family.  The nice thing about the nostepinne is that it’s easy to travel with, sturdy, not easily broken, does not need a clamp or batteries, or even a swift, and it doesn’t change the yarn twist. Picture this: I’m sitting on the couch with legs up and my feet are acting as a swift. Wind, wind, wind, rest, wind, wind, wind, rest, etc. It took hours since I was trying to be ergonomic, but, finally, success was mine.  I now have a wonderful, center pull “nest”. I’m ready to start on this month’s socks.


Antique Nostepinne


Carved antique nostepinne

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Against-Drunkenness-With-a-Dash-of-Love Socks

Heddas Socks by Elisabet Erikstad

Heddas Socks by Elisabet Erikstad

Happily optimistic, I joined the Sock It To Me 2015 sock group on Ravelry. Ok, so I didn’t get a sock finished for January. Can I blame it on the fact I joined on Feb 1? Well…… I did look at the group at the beginning of January, I just didn’t jump in. The club is based on a theme monthly gemstones or flowers. I totally love it! Those of you older folks, remember running to the Hallmark store as kids to pick up the free, purse-sized, yearly, calendar-book? The best part was that for each month the gemstone and flower was given. I always thought that the gemstone and flower for my birth month, November, was yucky. Once I found blue topaz I like it! February is lucky, it’s the best!

Here is a list of Monthly Themes for 2015:
January: Garnet/Carnation
February: Amethyst/Violet
March: Aquamarine/Daffodil
April: Diamond/Daisy or Sweet Pea
May: Emerald/Sunflower or Lily of the Valley
June: Pearl/Rose
July: Ruby/Larkspur
August: Peridot/Gladiolus or Lily
September: Sapphire/Forget-Me-Not or Aster
October: Opal/Marigold
November: Topaz/Chrysanthemum
December: Turquoise/Holly or Narcissus

All of this rambling leads me to these thoughts? What to knit? Did you know that the word “amethyst” is derived from an ancient Greek word loosely meaning “against intoxication”? They believe that wearing an amethyst would prevent intoxication. Along this line of thought I could knit sock with straight lines symbolizing sobriety, or cables with straight lines indicating the overcoming of intoxication, or……. Then there is the Sweet Violet with it’s heart shaped leaves. I love hearts and socks with hearts on them in purple, my fav color, what’s not to love? Perhaps a sock combining hearts, for the violet, and lines, for the amethyst, is the best choice. Which ever pattern I pick, the socks will be knit in a purple color.

The socks featured here are ones I’m considering, all free on Ravelry:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman

Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman

Viking Socks by Karen S. Lauger

Viking Socks by Karen S. Lauger

Mandy's Heart Socks by Alexandra Richards

Mandy’s Heart Socks by Alexandra Richards

Hearts Abound Socks by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

Hearts Abound Socks
by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

Any thoughts? Input?

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Short DPN Fix

Fix for short DPN

Fix for short DPN

On our farewell visit to Hawaii last November, the youngest LL decided that the QR hat I made for Mason, his brother, belonged to him.  Solution: make a hat for LL. My daughter said it had to be the same size as Mason’s hat, his little three-year old head loved the ten-year old hat size. Luckily, I blogged about Mason in QR Code on Oct 12, 2012 and had included the pattern on the tutorial. One drawback, they lived on the windward side of Oahu and the only “cheap” source of yarn and needles was at Ben Franklin. Unfortunately, the selection of acrylics was negligible, so I had to settle for Red Heart. A three year old’s hat must be easily cleaned. Since all of my good needles were back home and I certainly did not need more DPNs I bought a set of Boyle. The DPNs were too short for all of the stitches which needed to be on each needle. I found this out after the stitches kept falling off. My solution? I used some of my granddaughter’s hair bands to hold the stitches on the needles. I would knit a side, put the hair band on, take the hair band off of the next side, etc. It took longer this way, but after learning the hard way that the stitches would fall off, this was a perfect solution. Also notice, for those of us with arthritis who have a harder time moving stitch markers I like to use a charm clipped to the start side so I know when I’m back at the beginning. I found a free QR code generator online and after graphing the QR code for LL’s name I began knitting. Very quick knit.

QR Hat

LL and QR Hat

Of course, as a typical 3 year old, LL was not about to put the hat on properly. He liked it sticking up on his head with his ears showing. Loves the hat. It was 80 degrees yesterday at the park, but he did not want to take the hat off after the “photo session”.

Mason's QR code hat

Mason’s QR code hat

The Field Of Blood Hat

View 1

View 1

View 2

View 2

Center of Hat

Center of Hat

“The Field of Blood is a British crime drama television series adapting Denise Mina‘s The Field of Blood which is set in 1982 and The Dead Hour which is set later in the same decade. The first series of two episodes was broadcast on BBC One on 8 & 9 May 2011 and a second series of two episodes was commissioned by the BBC in 2012 [1] which aired on the 8 & 9 August 2013.” – Wikipedia

The main protagonist, Paddy Mehan (played by Jayd Johnson) in The Field of Blood was wearing this fabulous hat during one of the episodes. Pausing the program and taking pictures is the pits! Sorry, I did the best I could. The center of the hat was totally out of focus, but you can still see the “wheel”. My question is – this is crochet right? And to all crocheters – Have any of you seen a pattern like this? It kinda looks as if its a star. Was it constructed from the center and worked outward? It looks as if there is a crochet brim. Is this worked afterwards? I REALLY like this hat and would like to be able to make a similar one.

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Storing Hats and Glove Tuesday Tip

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Drawstring hat and glove holder

Drawstring hat and glove holder

Curls has come up with the perfect solution as to how to store hats and gloves by her scarves so they are easily accessible when she’s ready to walk outside. In her words, “Here’s a tip. Use a draw string bag to hold your hats and gloves.” By hanging a “created-by-you” bag on a hook by the scarves, you won’t have that early morning scramble to find a hat and gloves before going outside to brave the cold.

Long time followers might recognize the bag as one that I made and posted the tutorial for in our Oct 23, 2012 It’s In The Bag blog. What I’ve changed about the instructions will be featured in another Tutorial Thursday.

Drawstring Bag

Drawstring Bag

One of our very favorite bloggers is caityrosey of All She Wants To Do Is Knit. Such a fun, humorous, inspiring, knitting blog. As a pay-it-forward I received a wonderful tea cozy from her and I sent one of my bird-patterned, project bags to her. I picked the bird pattern since she had posted about the sale on the Peterson Bird app, which I’d been wanting. Can you imagine my surprise and absolute delight when she posted this picture on her July 2013, Knitting at Meetings blog? A truly knit-worthy, sewing-worthy person. I urge you to check out her blog.


My conference call project bag. It currently holds a simple scarf that I am knitting from some of my hand spun yarn.

My conference call project bag. It currently holds a simple scarf that I am knitting from some of my hand spun yarn.

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