Crimple – Part 3

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Our lovely lacy ribbed foot is complete and now we can draw our attention to the heel.  Like Crimple’s toe, the short row heel of our sock will be ribbed as well.  I adore this ribbed heel design for several reasons.

  • It adds interest in an often neglected but highly visible area
  • More durable than stockinette
  • Hugs the heel for a superior fit

Before beginning the heel, I recommend placing a lifeline in the sock to safeguard the foot stitches and make repair work much simpler if necessary.  To begin the heel, work across the instep using the next row of the charted design.  (Example: If your last row on the foot was Row 18, then you will work across the instep in Row 19.)  These instep stitches will now rest while the heel is worked over the sole stitches.  The heel is worked back and forth as in flat knitting.  Part One of the Heel is worked in stockinette as you Wrap & Turn.  I find the use of a counter especially helpful in heel construction.  Watch my video to guide you through each step – See Short Row Heel – Part 1.

Part Two of the Heel introduces the ribs.  In this portion of the pattern I have provided you with row by row instructions for each size.  This is especially helpful to novices!  The Short Row Heel – Part 2 Video provides a tutorial on this section.  This generic video continues the use of a counter to help identify the wraps in each row but in Crimple the counter is unnecessary since I have spelled out each row stitch-by-stitch for you.  (You can use the counter trick for your next pair of socks!)  It is very important to pick up the wraps as follows:

  • On the right side, lift front leg of wrap from front to back (placing left leg of wrap in front of needle) and knit it together with next stitch through the back loop.
  • On wrong side, lift back leg of wrap from back to front (placing right leg of wrap on front of needle) and purl it together with next stitch.

Watch the Picking Up Wraps Video for an up close tutorial.

Some additional tips for Heel – Part 2:

  • Remember to slip the first stitch of each row.  Omitting this stitch results in large holes.
  • Prior to picking up a wrap (PUW),  the working yarn should be in the correct position – in the back (knit position) on the right side and in the front (purl position) on the wrong side.  The ribbed design may cause you to forget this!
  • On the right side, remember to knit the lifted wrap with the stitch it previously wrapped through the back loop.  See K2tog tbl Video
  • On the wrong side, the lifted wrap is purled together with the stitch it previously wrapped.  See P2tog Video
  • Slight holes are a characteristic of short row heels – no need to fret!

Next week’s clue will conclude Crimple and have you ready to wear your new socks.  Happy knitting!

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PUW – pick up wrap.  See Picking Up Wraps Video

sl  – slip.  See Slip Stitch Video

W&T (Wrap & Turn)  See Wrap and Turn Video

On knit side – slip 1, bring yarn to front of work, slip same stitch back to left needle, bring yarn to back of work, turn.

On purl side – slip 1, bring yarn to back of work, slip same stitch back to left needle, bring yarn to front of work, turn.

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Heel

Heel, Part 1 – ALL Sizes   See Short Row Heel – Part 1 Video

Directions are for Small (Medium, Large in parentheses when necessary).

Work next row of charted design pattern across 28 (32, 36) instep stitches.  These stitches will remain unworked during heel construction.  The 28 (32, 36) sole stitches will form the heel.

Work across heel stitches as follows:

Row 1.(RS)  Knit to last stitch on heel, W&T.

Row 2.  Purl to last stitch on heel, W&T.

Row 3.  Knit to stitch before wrapped stitch, W&T.

Row 4.  Purl to stitch before wrapped stitch, W&T.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 12 (12, 14) unwrapped center stitches ending after Row 4.  There will be 8 (10, 11) wrapped stitches on each side of the center stitches.

 

Heel, Part 2   See Short Row Heel – Part 2 Video

Continue to work heel pattern (below) in appropriate size.

 

Small Size Heel Pattern

1. (Right Side)  Sl 1, k11, PUW, turn.

2.  Sl 1, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, PUW, turn.

3.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, PUW, turn.

4.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, PUW, turn.

5.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

6.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

7.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, PUW, turn.

8.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, PUW, turn.

9.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 4 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

10.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

11.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, PUW, turn.

12.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, PUW, turn.

13.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

14.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

15.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 6 times, PUW. DO NOT TURN!  Work across instep in pattern.

16.  PUW, (k2, p2) 6 times, k2, p1.

 

Medium Size Heel Pattern

1. (Right Side)  Sl 1, k11, PUW, turn.

2.  Sl 1, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, PUW, turn.

3.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, PUW, turn.

4.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, PUW, turn.

5.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

6.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

7.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, PUW, turn.

8.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, PUW, turn.

9.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 4 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

10.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

11.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, PUW, turn.

12.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, PUW, turn.

13.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

14.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

15.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 6 times, PUW, turn.

16.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 6 times, p2, PUW, turn.

17.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 6 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

18.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 6 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

19.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 7 times, PUW.  DO NOT TURN!  Work across instep in pattern.

20.  PUW, (p2, k2) 7 times, p2, k1.

 

Large Size Heel Pattern

1. (Right Side)  Sl 1, k13, PUW, turn.

2.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, PUW, turn.

3.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

4.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

5.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, PUW, turn.

6.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, PUW, turn.

7.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 4 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

8.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 4 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

9.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, PUW, turn.

10.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, PUW, turn.

11.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 5 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

12.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 5 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

13.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 6 times, PUW, turn.

14.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 6 times, p2, PUW, turn.

15.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 6 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

16.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 6 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

17.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 7 times, PUW, turn.

18.  Sl 1, (k2, p2) 7 times, k2, PUW, turn.

19.  Sl 1, (p2, k2) 7 times, p2, k1, PUW, turn.

20.  Sl 1, p1, (k2, p2) 7 times, k2, p1, PUW, turn.

21.  Sl 1, k1, (p2, k2) 8 times, PUW.  DO NOT TURN!  Work across instep in pattern.

22.  PUW, (k2, p2) 8 times, k2, p1.

26 thoughts on “Crimple – Part 3

  1. Excellent videos! I had one of those “can’t get it right” days. Took a deep breath and watched the videos again and again–finally after many hours of tinking and knitting, finished one heel. Doing TAAT, so did second with no problem, go figure? I’m a visual learner; without the videos, wouldn’t have happened: first two-up, first short row heel, first Magic Loop and first TAAT. I asked for a challenge and got a wallop today. Thanks for the teaching.

  2. Thank goodness for the lifeline! I took the heel out and reworked it. Without the lifeline I would have been back to the beginning of the instep.

  3. Yes. However, after the 4th try I figured out that I was skipping the last knit stitch in the 5th row. So much for “counting stitches religiously”. I did the same thing farther down. But finally got it done!

  4. Actually, I was on the wrong side. I have had to redo my heal now on the fourth time for a different reason and corrected this problem on the first re-try

    When I get to the 5th row of the unwraps I have the wrong number of stitches. I have done this 3 times and am now on my fourth try. I count each stitch religiously and have watched the videos numerous times but still cannot figure out what I am doing wrong on that 4th or fifth row

  5. Without seeing your sock, it seems that you must unravel the stitch adjacent to the dropped one down to the same row. Work those 2 stitches together and then pick up the unraveled stitches back up to the needle.

  6. I rewove the dropped stitch for 4 or 5 rows. The line of little holes looks fine to me except for the little loop that has nowhere to go. My completed heel has the correct number of stitches.

  7. Just an idea – I would like to request the next kal be posted on Wednesdays! I meet with a small group on Wednesday nights and the majority of us do your sock kal, it would be so fun to start the new week with everyone else rather than show n tell for the previous week’s work.

  8. Do you know what row you dropped the stitch? Does it interrupt a wrap and turn? Is it in the center by the unwrapped stitches? How many stitches do you have for the heel, not counting the dropped stitch?

  9. To begin part 2, you slip the first stitch (the one you just wrapped) and this moves the stitch from the left needle to the right needle. After slipping then you knit to the first wrap and then pick it up. Does this help?

  10. I was so excited to have gotten caught up before Thursday. Unfortunately, upon completion of the heel I found a dropped stitch in the first part of the short rows. I managed to weave it back in up to the part where the heel turns but now I don’t know what to do with it. Am I going to have to rip or tink or is there another solution? For now, the dropped stitch is secured in a locking stitch marker. I do have a lifeline at the start of the heel.

  11. I am having trouble with my short row heel. I followed the direction on the SRH1 and have completed that with 10 wrapped stitched on each side (with 12 in the middle). When I watch SRH2 and the unwrap video I find that I am on the purl side not the knit side. If I turn my needles to the knit side then my yarn is with the needle on the left instead of the needle on the right. WHat am I doing wrong?

  12. The heel is done!! The video for the wrap & turn is very good. I have tried W&T before but the directions were not as good. Learning quite a few new things in each section. This is fun 🙂 I also appreciated the video on the cast on as that was quite clear also.

  13. Check out my Two at a Time – Short Row Heels video and it walks you through the entire process. It’s a bit different than simply one row on one sock, etc.

  14. I’m so excited we’re working a short roll heel. I am always disappointed to “ruin” a nice pair or socks with a gusset (IMO).

    Quick question about knitting two at a time with the Magic Loop method for the heel portion: should we work one heel in its entirety and then the second? Or is it easy (recommended) to continue working as we have for the previous portions of the sock: 1 row on sock 1, 1 row on sock 2, turn, and knit back on sock 2 and then the next row on sock 1?

    Thanks Michelle!

  15. Many times a knitter becomes more relaxed and confident on the second sock resulting in a slightly larger gauge. Unless there is a very large difference, I would knit to the same # of rows for symmetry. I am sure your daughter’s foot will block them out nicely and she won’t even notice.

  16. Apparently, the tension in my two socks is not the same (probably from having to rip out and restarting a few times). I’m knitting this pair separately. On my first sock, I stopped at row 30 which was 7-1/2 inches. If I stop at row 30 with my second sock, it will be longer than 7-1/2 inches. So, do I stop at 7-1/2 inches, my desired length even though my two socks will stop at different parts of the pattern? Or go to row 30 so the pattern is the same in both socks and hope one of my daughter’s feet is longer than the other? Lol.

    I am knitting my second pair of socks two at a time and don’t seem to be having this issue, another advantage of the two at a time method.

  17. Since this is a mystery KAL, the pictures aren’t shown by Michelle until the following week. However, over on ravelry.com there is a ‘spoiler’ thread where other people post there work. Usually there are a couple of fast knitters who post there work either the same day as the clue is released or by the next day. This has helped me before when I did cables twisted the wrong way on some mittens.

    Ravelry is free. You just have to sign up (very quick process). This link will get you to the spoilers: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knit-purl-hunter-kal/2370160/1026-1050#1039

  18. If you would post the picture of the Part we are working on at the time you give us the lesson
    would have saved me as I realized that my design did not match yours. No your directions are great it was my interpretation of them that cause me to have problems.

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