Photo gallery: Step-by-step guide to knitting socks Stay warm and cosy on chilly nights with a pair of handmade knitted socks. Our step-by-step knitting instructions make it easy for beginners to understand and master this easy pattern. By Glenna C Photography by Glenna C Slide: 8 of 12 auto-play pause previous next first speed Picking up gusset stitches (A) After turning the heel, your next task is to pick up stitches along the sides of the heel flap. These will form the gussets, or sides of the foot that will gradually decrease. One way of picking up stitches is to use a crochet hook, then slip the stitches from the crochet hook to the needle.