I’ve been working on the wrought iron knee socks shown here. But when I got to the heel turn, I screwed up. I started the heel turn yesterday morning. I re-worked it a few times throughout the day. I kept scratching my head, plugging in numbers on the calculator, and I opened up Excel to graph it out because my brain wasn’t getting it. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong.
I have made enough socks to know that when you turn the heel, you should have an equal amount of stitches on either side of your center stitches when you start the heel flap, but I kept ending up with 7 on one side and 14 on the other. Finally, I said to hell with it, and I knit so that I had an equal amount of stitches on either side. When I was done with the heel flap, I should have had 33 stitches, and then I was supposed to increase 2 stitches evenly to end up with a total of 35 stitches for the back of the leg. Of course, since I did it my Own Way, I had to increase 8 stitches evenly. No biggie.
I tried it on and it fit. It seemed as though there were some biggish holes on either side of the heel flap when I continued knitting the back of the leg, and the area where I had increased to make the little heel pocket was kinda weird looking, but I was so over it (it was like 10:30 at night). I planned on sewing up the holes when I finished the sock, and decided not to worry about the weirdness (I always say stuff like this to myself, but I am never able to follow through). Before I went to bed last night, I looked at another sock book, Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape, by Chrissy Gardiner. This is the book I used to make the Gull Wing socks. I was trying to see what I was missing because I knew my heel turn was off, but I swear I couldn’t figure it out.
When I woke up this morning it hit me. In the pattern I’m using it says to “knit each wrap together with the stitch it wraps.” In Chrissy Gardiner’s book it says to “lift each wrap”. I jumped out of bed to tink back my sock to before the heel turn. I had just k2tog where I had a wrapped stitch which explains the weirdness and the fact that I had the wrong amount of stitches, and an incredibly small heel flap. Have you had any ah-ha moments like this? Leave a comment, I’ll do a random pick and send you a treat.