Knitting Help – Correcting Gaps in Socks

[music] in this video, i'm going to show you how toprevent, or really repair gaps in socks.

and if you know what i'm talking about, youcan picture it in your head.

if you have never knit socks before or youhaven't experienced this, this is something that happens whether you're knitting cuffdown or toe up socks.

right where the heel meets the rest of thesock, you can end up with a gap right there, a hole in the sock.

and i get questions from people all the timeabout how to prevent that and how to repair it.

and the reason that it happens is, if youtake the heel away, you have a tube sock.

right? so you have to put the knitting on hold toknit the heel, and when you go back to knitting in the round again, that is a strain point.

and a place where you can have an extra spaceor a gap the strain or the extra space is what can create the gap or both.

so again, it's toe up, cuff down, whateverthe style of sock you're knitting, it can happen.

it can also happen, it's less likely to happen, but it can also happen at the end of a toe on toe up socks.

but the way to fix it is the same, regardless.

so i'm going to show you how to do that.

this is my actual sock that i am knittingright now.

this is my project.

and i've just finished knitting the heel.

and i'm ready to go back and incorporate thestitches and knit in the round.

this is a really fine gauge, and the spacefrom here to here is really significant.

if i just knit that first stitch without fixingthis, there will likely be a hole in my socks right there.

so this is something you can do, i prettymuch do it every time wtihout even looking because it's just kind of a safety measure.

you want to put your needle in somewhere, under at least two legs.

wrap it and pull it through, and then takea close up look.

if it's stretching like crazy, you want todrop that stitch and try it somewhere else.

or if it looks pretty good, you can leaveit.

it did look good, i want to leave it.

but i dropped it to show you you could dropit! [laughs] that looks really good.

i've picked up a stitch there, i can justwork across my stitches now, wtih that extra stitch.

and if it's a really bad gap, you can considerpicking up a couple of stitches.

i don't know that i've ever had to do that, but i can imagine if you're using a bulky yarn, where it might be necessary.

this little red marker has nothing to do withwhat i'm showing you now! i always mark the sock after i finish theheel so i can count the cuff stitches.

and make another sock to match.

okay, i just want to get to the other sideto show you, do the same thing again.

i look at the space between my working yarnand my next stitch.

pretty significant, so i'll pick up and knitan extra stitch in that space.

this one is kind of way over to the side here, that's fine, everthing else looks too loosey goosey to support a stitch.

but this will still serve to fill that gap.

you'll be surprised.

okay, you don't have to watch me knit therest of the sock.

i can just explain to you what happens next.

after you finish that round, you'll find thatyou've picked up two stitches, you have two extra stitches.

just in the same spot where you picked thoseup, decrease them back out on the next round.

it doesn't really matter what decrease youuse, i always just use knit two together.

it's not going to show anyway, because youhave the line from the wrap and turns on teh sock or the gusset stitches either or.

an extra decrease there isn't going to mattermuch.

so just knit two together on the next roundto get your stitch count back where it was before, and then you're good.

you can use this on ever pair of socks youknit forever, and you won't have any more gaps in your socks.

well, i hope so! good luck! [whooshing sounds] [music].