Monday, April 10, 2006

Unholy Heels!

Well, I have finally done it. I finally have created a toe-up sock without gaps in the heel.
Want to know the secret? Well, I should have tried this years ago, but Wendy has the best Generic Toe-up Sock Pattern ever. It double wraps the short-row heel, and it works.

I would like to submit into evidence, Exhibit A: (a.k.a. gorgeous heel closeup)

In case you didn't quite catch that, there are no gaps in the heels!!!!!

I have been trying to solve this problem for as long as I have been knitting socks. And man, am I glad to have found a solution. (And it's fun to do. Give it a shot!)

Hopefully I'll have made much more progress by the end of the week... the deadline for mailing out socks is rather close to my final exams...


Blogger Lucia said...

That is beautiful, Linz! What do you do to prevent a hole at the join between the heel and the rest of the sock (if you knit the heel in a different color, this is the point that the heel color makes roughly an inch below the ankle bone)? I find that this hole can appear with either peasant or short-row heels. I do a lot of jury-rigging with picking up and twisting sts and then decreasing again to get back to the original number.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Linz said...

Hi Lucia,
I picked up a couple of stitches on each side and then decreased back down on the next row.

I picked up the stitches a little lower than I might normally pick them up... almost in the 'wrap' of the stitch... and with a couple of them, I picked up two stitches and slipped one over the other, which closed the gap pretty well. But really, I made it up. I didn't twist any stitches though.

Hope that helps!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Love the socks. They looks like they will turn out beautifully. I've never tried toe-up, so I can't really comment on the hole issue, but they look great to me!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Thanks, Emma! I am really happy with them!

4:00 PM  

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