Knitting Socks: Instep

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When knitting socks, the instep is done using several circular needles. Knit the instep of a sock with tips from a knitting teacher in this free video on yarn crafts.

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When you've been knitting a sock on two circular needles your instep will stay on one needle and just sit there while you work your heel flap and your heel turn which is worked on the other needle. Now when it's time to pick up your gusset you're going to go back to incorporating both needles in what you're doing. So you're going to go into your slipped stitches, your selvedge stitches like you did before. And you'll pick each selvedge up. But when you get to the end of one side of the sock you go back and knit across the instep stitches on the other needle. And again I'm going to go into that stitch right below and create a stitch. So now I'm done with that needle so I'm going to slide it into the coil, turn my work over, slide my needle tip to the beginning so I can begin working on the sock stitches for the instep and I'm just going to knit across those. The tricky part is when you get to the end of this row you have to go back to using the other needle that you were picking up the gusset because the heel stitches and the gusset are worked on one needle. So I'm going to finish this and I'm going to pull my stitches to lay in the center there and now I'm going to go back and take that first needle that has had my gusset stitches, come around and I'm going to go into that extra stitch I used to close the gusset. And I'm going to go back and I'm going to pick up the slip stitches on the other side. And in this way you'll have all of your heel stitches and your gusset stitches on one needle and your instep stitches on the other needle.

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