Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks

This friendly PDF eBook is a lavish collection of 17 designs and clearly presented techniques.  You can print out just the pages you need for a project, or have the entire book printed and bound at FedEx or similar places.

To purchase the eBook for $20, click HERE.

My free VIDEO tutorial offers a clear picture of how the Sweet Tomato Heel works.

The eBook includes 15 unique video links so that I can “sit beside you” and help.


Reader comments:

“What a simple and elegant solution to such common problems. It gives me hope in general.”

” The Sweet Tomato Heel is a thrilling release of the old ways of strict pattern following! It has helped me to truly understand sock design, craftsmanship, and fitting.

“These heels are so easy to knit and such a natural shape and give me the confidence to knit without a pattern and just play.”


The ebook is laid out in the style of my five print books, with my usual attention to detail and clarity to insure your knitting experience is smooth and sweet. You’ll find lots of illustrations, charts, and line-by-line instructions, as well as the live video links.

The socks may be knit top-down or toe-up and can be easily fit to any foot.

If you like to work 2 socks at the same time, on 1 long circ (green) or on 2 circs (blue), you’ll find start-to-finish illustrated instructions for each method.


This heel emerged two winters ago after several days of sitting beside the wood stove with my mother while trying to fiddle my way towards a new short-row heel. I’d given up several times when almost unconsciously, I did a small thing—and just like that, the clean heel of my dreams existed. This small thing closes gaps without holes, wraps, or acrobatics. The heel is rhythmic to work and nearly perfectly smooth, like a tomato. Best of all, once the process is understood, most knitters need no written instructions.

The first sock in the book is one I dearly love, my Zebra Socks, which come in sizes for babies through large men. Above you see my little grandson Charlie wearing his, and below you see me in a tree wearing mine. I am pretending to be a Madagascar Lemur.

Here is the elegant Minnesota Moonlight, which will entrance you both in the knitting and the wearing. Alas, I do not offer these for babies or men, but they do come in women’s small, medium and large.


“Feather and Foliage,” shown below, features a Padded Sweet Tomato Heel, sister to the original smooth stockinette Sweet Tomato Heel. You’ll find a video tutorial on this new heel here.

Below is Danny’s Bluebird Socks— the cover sock that the bluebird is flying off with—shown here in a medium woman’s size (they come in sizes from baby to adult).

Here are “Hither & Yon,” shown with beads. This very easy lace texture looks charming without beads, as you wish.

The Victorian Birdcage socks are one of my favorites…

My Coriolis socks from my 2007 book, New Pathways for Socks Knitters, was reincarnated as a Sweet Coriolis with two choices for the leg (a diagonal texture pattern all the way or just at the top:

For a mellow yet thrilling knitting experience, try one of the three Anomiya designs, which use Mellow Cables – and you may soon find that you will use Mellow Cables all over your knitting!

My grandson has a superhero obsession and is always asking me to knit him superhero garb. Here is a pair of felted tall superhero boots…sized to fit a child, youth, woman, or man, and perhaps to enable them to leap high buildings.

And there are many more designs in the book… I hope you will join me and thousands of other knitters who have fallen in love with the Sweet Tomato Heel method.

You can also browse my Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks group on Ravelry to see hundreds of examples of STH socks and innovative ideas from knitters like you.

To purchase the eBook, click here. You will have the choice of paying by Paypal or by credit card. And thank you so much for venturing on this first eBook journey with me.

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17 Sweet Tomato Heel Sock knitting patterns are perfect for all knitters. Cat's eBook will walk you through each sock.

18 comments to “Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks”

  1. Cat Bordhi’s STH and My Sock (A Mini Review) | Reflections in the Pond

    […] one of those crazy minds that comes up with simple ideas that make a big difference. Her new book, Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel, is all about one of those new ideas: an easy to execute sock heel using short rows and no wraps. […]

  2. Fiber Fumes » Sweet Tomato

    […] about it and order it from Cat’s website or from Ravelry.  The best part about the e-book is the instant gratification factor — you […]

  3. Fresh, Sweet and Smooth « Hand Stitch

    […] short-row, no gap, no-wrap heel construction, Sweet Tomato Heel?   A month ago, Cat has released a brand new e-book introducing her brand new basic and padded Sweet Tomato Heels for the first […]

  4. Sweet Tomato and Minnesota Moonlight « fibermyalgia

    […] pair of socks for myself.  Cat Bordhi created a new way to do heels and published it in her e-book Sweet Tomato Heel Socks (patterns are also available individually).  I’ve been excited to try this method but had […]

  5. Of Frogs and Tomatoes | under dutch skies

    […] modify it to fit your foot.  I highly suggest buying one or more of Cat’s patterns, or her entire e-book, to learn about the heel and it’s possibilities.  I bought the Zebra sock pattern and then […]

  6. The World’s Longest Toe | | Sanday SpinnersSanday Spinners

    […] the latest edition of Sockupied came out, I have been pondering Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel. I believe it may offer the solution to my high-instep problem. I plan to incorporate the heel into […]

  7. Sweet Insanity | | Sanday SpinnersSanday Spinners

    […] then plunged in while following the instructions from the ebook. […]

  8. Cat Bordhi, day 2: Mobius knitting | Natalie Servant Designs

    […] fingers are still working, which is good. I’m not quite ready for tomorrow’s Sweet Tomato Heel class. I’ve got my sock cast on, but I’d like to get another few inches knit before I […]

  9. Cat Bordhi: Sweet Tomato Heel | Natalie Servant Designs

    […] the third day of Cat Bordhi classes, we did Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel. I first learned of this heel last fall when I went to Rhinebeck. Geneviève (aka TurtlePurl) was […]

  10. Life over knitting | Knit Again

    […] thought – I’ve toying with the idea of learning and using Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel for my […]

  11. I Took a Class with Cat Bordhi and… | a k n i t i c a

    […] I took two classes with Cat Bordhi, organized by my local knitting guild.  The first:  Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel.  The second: Finding the Fountain of Fresh Knitting […]

  12. Knitcircus Podcast #14 | knitcircus

    […] Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks […]

  13. Rotating Wedges Arm & Leg Warmers | a k n i t i c a

    […] are her heel, her Thanks Ma’s, and her idea. She has a great video tutorial here, and her book is equally […]

  14. Mom Cave July 16 2012 — Bonbon Break

    […] eBook, Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks, presents what may be the easiest, smoothest, and best-fitting heel ever. Her two out-of-print […]

  15. Knit|tinK: Business Socks « Grackle & Sun

    […] For a couple years now, I’ve been searching for the perfect go-to sock knitting formula—something that I can toss on the needles and play with, but where all the key parts are already set—namely, the toe and the heel.   Well, I came up with my own way of making a super-rounded toe that quickly became my favorite, but the heel department was seriously lacking.  There are a millionty ways to knit a heel, and I didn’t like any of them.   I like how a traditional heel flap & gusset fits.  The problem is that I prefer to knit socks two at a time on circulars, and it’s a total pain to knit heel flap & gusset socks this way.  Plus, if you want to go toe-up, which I do, the reverse heel flap & gusset leaves much to be desired.   Otherwise, most toe-up socks require some version of short rows.   I hate wrap & turn short rows with the fire of ten thousand suns.    All the other “easier” variations of  short row heels left me laughing maniacally at the walls.  Easier.  HA!  And then Cat Bordhi came to the rescue with a ridiculously clever invention:  Sweet Tomato Heels. […]

  16. Ten toes and three heels « JCBriar Knitting

    […] fun, I decided to try Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel construction. It’s composed of three wedges, using an ingenious short-row technique: No wraps! No […]

  17. I stand corrected « JCBriar Knitting

    […] was brought to my attention yesterday that Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks e-book suggests working increases on the sole before knitting the heel, if you have a high arch. […]

  18. More toes « JCBriar Knitting

    […] there, it was plain stockinette for the foot, and a modified Sweet Tomato Heel with mini-gussets. […]