This is a gusset. While is has one of the weirdest names in knitting, the gusset isn’t all that weird. Gussets actually appear in other parts of clothing to help make them fit over the many curves of the human body. In socks, the shape being addressed is just the part of the foot that gradually narrows from where your ankle meets your foot to the size it should be to fit your arch.
Before you turn the heel, this is what you’re working with – a ribbed leg that’s several inches long, and a 2.5-3 inch heel flap. Now all of a sudden, since humans’ feet are perpendicular to their legs, you’ve got to start knitting in a totally different direction than you have been! Plus, half your sock is chilling up on the top of your foot, and the other half is down at the base of your heel. First time knitters, you’re probably thinking this is pretty weird about now, amirite?
On reaching a new level of knitting skills, finishing my first pair of socks, and learning to knit left-handed.
In two earlier posts, I shared pictures of my first pair of socks in progress. Today, I’m all the way through the arch of the sock!
As of this writing, I’ve successfully turned the heel of my first knitted sock and am bracing myself for the gusset (yes, that’s what it’s called). For today’s post, I just wanted to share the latest photo of my work-in-progress, and some videos and links I found helpful when working on my first sock.