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French Heel Pattern for Cuff-Down Socks

With the pattern below you can make french heel also known as round heel for cuff down socks. The pattern works for any stitch count and gauge. Just insert the stitch count for your sock and the calculator will do the math for you!

On you can find also patterns for dutch heel (cuff down), afterthought heel (toe up or cuff down)flap and gusset heel for toe up socks and german short row heel (toe up or cuff down).

You might also be interested in the knitgrammed patterns for sock toes.


Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

 sts on my needles


The pattern is written for the magic loop method, but can be adjusted for double pointed needles as well. You should now have a total of 56 sts divided evenly on two needles (28 sts / needle).

Heel flap

Following rows 1-2 are worked flat on Needle 2 only.

  • Row 1 (RS): knit all
  • Row 2 (WS): k1, p until 1 st remain, k1

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your heel flap has 28 rows.

Turning the heel

Following rows 3-6 are worked on Needle 2 only.

  • Row 3 (RS): k16, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 4 (WS): mds, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 5 (RS): mds, k to double st, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 6 (WS): mds, p to double st, p2tog, p1, turn

Repeat rows 5 & 6 4 more times. A total of 16 sts remaining on Needle 2.

Gusset decreases

Resume working in the round.

K to end of needle 2. With Needle 2 pick up and knit 14 sts along the left side of heel flap (pickup the thread between the garter bumps). The beginning of round / end of Needle 2 will be now here. K to end of Needle 1. Pick up and knit 14 sts along the right side of heel flap. K to end of Needle 2.

You should have now a total of 44 sts on Needle 2 and 28 sts on Needle 1.

Round 7 

  • Needle 1: k all
  • Needle 2: ssk, k until 2 sts remain, k2tog

Round 8

  • Needle 1: k all
  • Needle 2: k all

Repeat rounds 7 & 8 7 more times. A total of 28 sts remaining on Needle 2.

The heel is now finished.

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