Feet are sensitive little energy fields, as any fan of acupressure or reflexology will tell you. A bout of hiccups? Try rubbing your second toe, just under the toenail. Insomnia? Press the point under your big toe joint. But even if ancient medicine isn’t your thing, you have to admit that feet are full of feeling, and our Easy Heel Colorblock Socks touch on all the good spots!

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

These easy-as-pie socks do an ingenious job of avoiding the potentially difficult heel- and gusset-shaping of traditional patterns. Here, you knit the whole leg and foot as a tube, stopping along the way for a couple of scrap-yarn half-rows, which you later pick up in order to knit the heel in the round… Amazing for first-time sock knitters, and anyone else who likes a simple trick!

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

And it’s even knitter’s choice whether you’re a top-down (cuff-to-toe) or bottom-up (toe-to-cuff) kind of person. Our Easy Heel Colorblock Socks Pattern has instructions for both directions and for both kids and adults!

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

Any route you choose to knit these socks, they’re a wonderfully soft and beautiful treat for your feet. We knit them up in our new hand-dyed, machine washable Posy and Pocket Posy, 75% superwash merino (for stretch and warmth), 15% cashmere (for utter coziness) and 10% nylon (for durability). Available in 18 extraordinary colors, put just the right feeling in all the right places!

NOTE: We no longer offer Pocket Posy, but our materials below have been updated to reflect our new Posy in 50g skeins!

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Update: New Colors!

April 9, 2021
Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

With new skein recommendations for Posy’s new 50-gram skein size, our Easy Heel Colorblock Sock is fresh for spring! Click here to see the updated palette for Posy and see the refreshing new pattern here!

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoEasyHeelColorblockSocks, and #PurlSohoPosy. We can’t wait to see what you make!


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  • Main Color: 2 (2, 2, 2 or 3, 2 or 3) skein(s) of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Each skein is 159 yards/50 grams; approximately 210-240 (235-265, 265-295, 285-320, 310-355) yards required, depending on foot length. NOTE: Two skeins for largest size only required if making socks for men’s size 12 or larger shoe.
  • Color A (Cuff): 1 skein of Posy; approximately 60 (75, 85, 100, 110) yards required.
  • Color B (Toe): 1 skein of Posy; approximately 20 (25, 35, 40, 50) yards required.
Color C (Heel): 1 skein of Posy; approximately 30 (35, 45, 50, 60) yards required.

For our samples we used…


  • Main Color: Heirloom White
  • Pocket Posy: Azalea Glow, Winter Heath, and Black Cherry


  • Main Color: Mourning Dove
  • Pocket Posy: Marigold Orange, Pink Nectar, and Sour Gooseberry

And we also have these other lovely bundles imagined…

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  • Pink Peppermint, Pink Papaya, and Chili Pepper
  • Weathervane Gray, Drizzle Gray, and Heirloom White
  • Fern Green, Beetle Blue, and Teal Twilight

You’ll also need…


34 stitches and 50 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


6 (7, 8, 9, 10) inches, to fit Kids to Adults

  • Foot Circumference: 6, (7, 8, 9, 10) inches, comfortably stretching 1-2 inches
  • Foot Length: Adjustable

SAMPLES: Both pairs pictured here are size 7 inches.


Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

Our Easy Heel Colorblock Sock Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho

Update: Stripey Socks For Cri Du Chat Awareness

May 2019

A dear friend of ours brought to our attention that May 1-10 is International Cri du Chat Awareness Week. During this call to action period, the Cri du Chat community and those who care choose to wear one striped sock long and one striped sock short, representing one whole and one deleted chromosome. They don’t have to be hand-knit socks, but since our friend is also one heck of a sock knitter, we teamed up to create eight versions for “stripey” socks! To view the free pattern variations for our Easy Heel Colorblock Socks, and to learn more about Cri du Chat Syndrome, click here!

Easy Heel Colorblock Socks | Purl Soho