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30 Sep 2009

Sock Heels

Filed under: Knitting — Tags: , , , — Cat @ 8:04 am

One of my best purchases at the Sock Summit was Chrissy Gardener’s Toe Up (amazon).  She manages to condense everything I worked out for myself in my first year of sock knitting into a book.  No, I don’t wish I had had this book when I started last August, but it definitely would have helped.  It is helping now.

One of her suggestions is to knit practice heels.  So a couple of weekends ago, I started this exercise. First, I knit the short row heel:

Short row heel

Short row heel

and discovered that it was reversible (not where the white strip is):

short row heel upside down

short row heel upside down

I don’t like the short row heel that much because my heels are so skinny, so I next tried the heel that Chrissy calls the hybrid heel:

Hybrid Heel

Hybrid Heel

I’m not sure what I did wrong to get the teal strip in the middle of the heel.  Well I kind of know and probably could avoid it next time.  It is all do with where you drop one color and start the next.

I put in less gusset stitches than calculated from Chrissy’s worksheet, which meant the heel was really really short.  This was a important lesson for me.  To save having to redo the heel – I dislike frogging and redoing at the best of times and definitely on a practice piece – I just carried on with the slip stitch partridge stitch after the heel was finished.

Another change I made was that Chrissy does a slip stitch rib so that the slip stitches are on the same stitch every purl row.  I changed this so that the slip stitches alternates every other purl row.  I call this partridge stitch because I read that name in a sock pattern somewhere, but I never checked the stitch name, so it might actually be something totally different (such as turkey stitch?).

One thing I found with the hybrid heel is that it is important that your gauge is right – size matters.  The slip stitch heel was much more forgiving than the hybrid heel.  Also the hybrid heel takes up a lot of your sock.  As you can see below, it need about a third of my foot and if I had done more gusset stitches, i.e. the right number, it would have been nearer half:

Hybrid Heels need lots of space!

Hybrid Heels need lots of space!

Next I’ll try the after thought heels from Chrissy’s book and I want to try this round hat heel from Knitty.

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5 Comments »

  1. Is it meant to be like that at the front or are you just lazy in relation to finishing the sock?

    Looking good.

    Comment by shotgunfacelift — 30 Sep 2009 @ 8:10 am

  2. I am practicing heels, so I just knit the heel. Not the toes, not the rest of the leg, just the heel.

    Comment by Cat — 30 Sep 2009 @ 8:51 am

  3. Dummy heels! I’m planning to go through the same exercise, once I get the current knitting done. Or I may get distracted and procrastinate some more! Definitely distracted by spinning on my new spindles…

    The stitch on your heel is called “eye of partridge.” I like that one, too.

    Comment by pdxknitterati — 30 Sep 2009 @ 11:09 am

  4. I’m a big fan of the short-row heel and use it almost exclusively. I think mostly because I hate picking up stitches.

    Comment by mrswhatsit — 1 Oct 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    • With toe-up sock heels, there is no need to pick up stitches even with the hybrid heel. Come on down and start at the toe!

      Comment by Cat — 1 Oct 2009 @ 1:48 pm


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