Square or Dutch sock heel

I haven’t shared much of my knitting with you lately. And, I confess I don’t seem to have done so much due to various distractions commitments. I’ve still not even finished my BFL sock for the No Nylon Sock KAL. However, I have rounded (or rather squared in this case) both heels.

In say squared, because in my endeavours to explore sock construction further, I decided to use a square heel for this sock.

The square heel

The square heel is a nice simple heel to knit. You start, as many heels do, by knitting a heel flap – using half your stitches – that reaches to the bottom of your heel.


The base of the heel is very similar to a round heel or a hankerchief heel. However, the short rows used create a square. This means the square heel has a smaller gusset in comparison, but takes more rows to work than a round heel, which counterbalance the smaller gusset.

When the heel flap is complete, two stitch makers are inserted at its centre – their width apart being the width you wish your square to be.


The short row decreases are then made on the outside of the markers, so that a square is formed inside them. Once only one stitch remains on the outside of the stitch markers, the gusset stitches are picked up and you recommence knitting in the round,  decreasing gusset stitches as normal.


From what I’ve read this heel seems to suit people well who have no, or very low, arches. However, I haven’t read that those with higher arches don’t get on with it -but, as I have arches, I’ll let you know how I get on once I start wearing my sock.

20160513_195447Oh! And it’s a called a Dutch heel, because it’s a traditional Dutch method of making socks. I wonder if that means they’re good for wearing with clogs?

Bekki Hill


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20 thoughts on “Square or Dutch sock heel

  1. Socks and clogs? Is that the Dutch version of socks with sandals? If so, I hope it doesn’t catch on! Love the way you’re so adventurous with your knitting techniques.

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  2. I agree with Sheila 🙂 I’m struggling with sock making, I can’t even get past the cast on method used in this toe-up, 2-at-a-time book that I thought would be so good for me! As I am obviously sock knitting challenged, I’m in awe of your casual comfortableness in playing around with heels. Love the pattern on the sock and the cheery colour!

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    1. Thank you, but I confess I’m not a fan of all these new fangled casting on methods, so maybe me and your book wouldn’t get on either. Although I’m sure you’ll get to grips with it in the end and have another new knitting trick up your sleeve – or is that down your sock? 🙂

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  3. I love the colour! There are so many heel variations – this one looks lovely… when I progress with socks I hope to try lots of them, including this one now ☺

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  4. Your detailed descriptions put me in a spin. I have to actually have the project in my hand and be following along for the words to make any sense but that’s just me and a lot of it has to do with not fully concentrating unless I have to 😉

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    1. I think most of us are like that. We need to have something in front of us for it to make sense. Hopefully I’m not boring you too much and it’s here for if you do fancy a go at a square heel.


  5. I am shocked that I am the first one to take a stand for wooly socks and clogs! As a proud knitter I support all opportunities to increase knitwear in public, especially handmade. I would not accept woollies with running shoes or heels but Clogs are a whole other ball game. I would go so far as to suggest that the mighty Clog is the original and natural companion to the woolly. In fact, I’de like to take it a ‘step’ further and nominate the clog as the official shoe of knitters everywhere! 🙂


    1. Are you kidding? What’s wrong with woolly socks and running shoes? Happy to accept your nomination, but surely the slipper should be the official ‘shoe’ of the knitter – that way PJs can be the official uniform 🙂

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      1. I think what we are both getting to is that there is a serious lack of official direction for knitters regarding what to do with all their beautiful knitted socks! Clearly the community would benefit from guidelines and recommendations around knit-wear & knitting-wear, and I am honoured to take this responsibility on.
        Thus, I am pleased to announce slippers as the official footwear for knitting, with the proud clog as the official footwear to showcase your knitting! What do you think…fair deal? 🙂

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