I haven’t shared much of my knitting with you lately. And, I confess I don’t seem to have done so much due to various
distractions commitments. I’ve still not even finished my BFL sock for the No Nylon Sock KAL. However, I have rounded (or rather squared in this case) both heels.
In say squared, because in my endeavours to explore sock construction further, I decided to use a square heel for this sock.
The square heel
The square heel is a nice simple heel to knit. You start, as many heels do, by knitting a heel flap – using half your stitches – that reaches to the bottom of your heel.
The base of the heel is very similar to a round heel or a hankerchief heel. However, the short rows used create a square. This means the square heel has a smaller gusset in comparison, but takes more rows to work than a round heel, which counterbalance the smaller gusset.
When the heel flap is complete, two stitch makers are inserted at its centre – their width apart being the width you wish your square to be.
The short row decreases are then made on the outside of the markers, so that a square is formed inside them. Once only one stitch remains on the outside of the stitch markers, the gusset stitches are picked up and you recommence knitting in the round, decreasing gusset stitches as normal.
From what I’ve read this heel seems to suit people well who have no, or very low, arches. However, I haven’t read that those with higher arches don’t get on with it -but, as I have arches, I’ll let you know how I get on once I start wearing my sock.
Oh! And it’s a called a Dutch heel, because it’s a traditional Dutch method of making socks. I wonder if that means they’re good for wearing with clogs?
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