09 3 / 2014
notunlikepride asked: I'm new to sock knitting, and so far I've been using short row heel, which I like, but I'm curious about afterthought heels and I've heard you mention them a few times. Can you maybe explain a bit why you like them and maybe some pros/cons of other heel methods if you've tried any other ones?
Oh man, there are so so so so many different heels out there. I am at least familiar with quite a few, but I honestly only use a handful of them.
My personal favorite heel is the sweet tomato heel from Cat Bordhi. It is similar to a short row heel, but simpler (in my opinion anyhow) and fits my foot like a glove.
Then there is the afterthought heel. You essentially just skip the heel part and come back to it after you finish the tube portion of the sock. The biggest benefit to an afterthought heel is that you don’t have to fiddle with it during the big knitting part. It makes for convenient travel knitting. It looks AWESOME on stripy socks. You get a clean edge in your stripes without ugly pooling.
My other go-to heel is a regular gusset heel. There are a ton of variations on the theme, but in essence it is just: knit a flap on half your stitches, turn heel, pick up along both sides, decrease down in a gusset. It allows for patterning down the heel flap, which is awesome. Downside is that there are very few foot types that fit really well in it.
BUT! don’t get bogged down by learning all the heel types. Most sock patterns will walk you through the preferred method. When you get a few more socks under your belt, start to substitute and play around!
I hope this is what you are looking for. It turned into a novel, but man oh man. I can talk about this stuff for forever.
08 3 / 2014
i seriously want to start two blogs titled “clearly not crochet” and “clearly not knit” whose sole purpose would be to reblog incorrectly identified crafts from them crappy “Follow for more blank on your dash!” blogs