I was talking with a sock knitting friend yesterday (Hi, Sharon!) and she mentioned that she usually knits her socks top down because she has a high instep and adjusting the heel flap going top down is easily done. Is there a way to adjust the heel flap going toe-up to accommodate a high instep?
This is something I hadn’t thought of before, but hey! Why not?
I pulled out my generic toe-up slipstitch heel pattern (pdf link) and started winkling it. Here’s what I came up with.
I’m basing this on the generic sock pattern I linked to up there. It has 58 (66, 74, 82) stitches around — so you would be working with 29 (33, 37, 41) sole stitches before you start the gusset. If you have more or fewer stitches, you need to adjust to accommodate, like I do in my patterns based on 56 (64, 72, 80) stitches around — I add one stitch in the center of the round after the last gusset increase, then decrease 1 stitch after the heel is complete.
You will start your gusset increases 1/2″ sooner than you do for my regular slipstitch heel pattern (i.e., you will be knitting an extra half-inch of gusset).
Create the Gusset:
Round 1: Work across the instep stitches in your pattern. Sole stitches: K1, M1, knit across to the last stitch, M1, K1.
Round 2: Work across the instep stitches in your pattern. Sole stitches: Knit all stitches.
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have 55 (61, 67, 73) stitches total sole stitches.
Turn the Heel:
You will now work back and forth on the sole stitches (now the heel stitches) and will not knit the instep stitches while turning the heel. Turn heel as follows:
Row 1: (RS) K37 (41, 44, 48), KFB, K1, W&T
Row 2: P 22 (24, 26, 28), PFB, P1, W&T
Row 3: K 20 (22, 24, 26), KFB, K1, W&T
Row 4: P 18 (20, 22, 24), PFB, P1, W&T
Row 5: K 16 (18, 20, 22), KFB, K1, W&T
Row 6: P 14 (16, 18, 20), PFB, P1, W&T
Row 7: K 12 (14, 16, 18), KFB, K1, W&T
Row 8: P 10 (12, 14, 16), PFB, P1, W&T
You now have 63 (69, 75, 81) heel stitches, having just completed a wrong-side row. On the right side, knit to the end of the heel stitches, knitting each wrap together with the stitch it wraps. Work across instep stitches.
Heel flap: Work back and forth on the heel stitches:
Row 1 (RS): K 45 (50, 55, 60) (knitting each wrap together with the stitch it wraps), SSK, turn
Row 2: SL 1, P 27 (31, 35, 39), P2Tog, turn
Row 3: [SL 1, K 1] 14 (16, 18, 20) times, SSK, turn
Repeat Rows 2-3 until all side stitches have been worked, end having worked Row 2. Turn your work and knit across. You once again have 29 (33, 37, 41) stitches.
This adjustment gives you 6 extra gusset stitches, and the heel flap is worked for 6 rows longer than usual. This will give you about an extra half inch in the height of the heel, unless my math skills suck even more than I think they do.
Speaking of math skills sucking, I have not tested out the numbers I’ve given you here, just worked them out on (virtual) paper. So proceed at your own risk.
About That Shop
Several of you left comments about the shop that is illegally selling my pattern, voicing the opinion that it is unnecessarily “mean” of me to post the name of the shop in my blog.
Well, I’ve emailed them, and I’ve phoned them several times during their normal business hours (as posted on their website). They have not responded to email, and no one has yet picked up the phone, and there is no answering machine. The phone just rings and rings. I find that awfully strange.
In my opinion, I’ve expended enough time and energy trying to contact them and I think no, I am not being “mean” telling you who they are. I have no responsibility to them, and many of you have asked me who they are. I’m not asking or expecting anyone to “do anything” about the situation, apart from avoiding shopping there if you so desire.
Bur I’ll decide what to do when the time comes.
New Sock Book
Thank you for all your kind words about my upcoming book. April 14 does seem like a long time to wait, but think how long I’ve been waiting. I completed the manuscript at the end of February last year. It takes a long time to make a pretty book.
As for as book signings, etc., I’ll keep you posted on all developments.
“Will you be my Valentine?”