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Toe Up Afterthought Heel Socks - Free Pattern


Designed by Juju Vail

We love to use beautiful hand-dyed sock yarns to knit the bodies of our socks and then slip in contrasting afterthought heels in hardwearing Jawoll. Not only is this great for hand-dyed yarns, as the afterthought yarn won’t break up any colour variation, but it extends your “fancy” sock yarn so you can get more out of it.

Afterthought heels can also be replaced if they start to wear out before the rest of the sock. Just pick-up the stitches from the main body and reknit the heel. We think Madelinetosh’s ‘Twist Light’ yarn is the perfect sock yarn (and also beautiful for shawls!). We also have Lang Jawoll Superwash sock in around 70 colours. Each skein comes with a matching spool of nylon tucked inside the ball which is quite clever. Knit the spool yarn together with the ball yarn on toes, heels and areas that receive a lot of wear (such as fingertips of gloves).
There is also a photo tutorial on the loopknitlounge blog.


28sts over 10cm/4”.

Use needles to achieve gauge; usually between 2.25- 2.75mm (US1-2).


MC: Madelinetosh Twist Light (75% Merino, 25% Nylon 384m / 420yds per 100g skein)

MC: Conference Call x 1 skein

CC: Lang Jawoll (75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon 190m / 207yds per 50g skein)

CC: Bird’s Egg/372 x 1 skein

Other materials:

A bit of waste yarn

Darning needle

You can also find the PDF free download on our Blog here