With our foot (feet if you are 2aat!) complete, it is time to create the heel. The heel is my favorite part of the sock. I can’t help but smile every time I turn a heel as I marvel at the magic of knitting. I chose the Short Row Heel for Repeat Performance since it lends itself easily to two at a time toe up knitting. Whether you are on dpns or circular needles with one or two at a time, you will find that this heel provides a nice complement to the instep design.
I have several videos that will assist you with the heel construction. If you are new to Short Row Heels, “Short Row Heel – Part 1 and Part 2” will take you through each step of the process. A separate video, “Two at a Time – Short Row Heel”, addresses the issues faced when working both heels at once. There are also videos for Wrap & Turn and Picking Up Wraps if you are in need of a quick review of these techniques.
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.
Note: If you are knitting two socks at one time, See “Two At A Time Socks – Short Row Heel” Video for tips in knitting both heels at once.
If you are knitting 2aat this is the order in which the socks will be worked:
- On 1st sock, work Sock #1 chart over instep stitches.
- On 2nd sock, work Sock #2 chart over instep stitches.
- Knit heel of 2nd sock leaving one wrap to pick up.
- Knit heel of 1st sock leaving one wrap to pick up.
- Pattern across instep of Sock #1.
- Pattern across instep of Sock #2.
- Pick up last wrap on Sock #2. Knit remaining heel stitches.
- Pick up last wrap on Sock #1. Knit remaining heel stitches.
See “Short Row Heel – Part 1” Video
Work Row 1 of charted design pattern across 32(36) instep stitches. (2aat will work across BOTH insteps.) These stitches will remain unworked during heel construction. The 32(36) sole stitches will form the heel.
Work across heel stitches as follows:
Row 1. 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(14) unwrapped center stitches ending after Row 4. There will be 10(11) wrapped stitches on each side of the center stitches.
Pick up (unwrap) wrapped stitches as follows: See “Short Row Heel – Part 2” Video
Row 1. Slip 1, knit to 1st wrapped stitch, 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, turn.
Row 2. Slip 1, purl to 1st wrapped stitch, 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, turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until 1 wrapped stitch remains on each side of heel ending after Row 2.
Slip 1, knit across heel stitches and unwrap last stitch on knit side leaving one remaining wrapped stitch on the purl side. (Do not go back and unwrap!)
(2aat will continue with heel on Sock #1 before moving on to next step.)
Work across instep in Row 2 of charted design pattern. Unwrap last remaining wrap on the knit side by lifting wrap on needle (as on previous knit rows) and knit it together with next stitch through the back loop. Knit remainder of heel stitches.
Our leg design will be revealed in Clue #4. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this clue will be released on Wednesday, November 23rd.