So figuring out the heel/gusset thing was pretty easy. I went to that chapter in the pattern book and read it. Turns out you just stop knitting on the front and do the short-row heel using just the stitches on the back needle. No gussets on short-row heeled socks.
Less easy was the doing. It took me all of my dinner break Sunday night to do the first half of the first heel. (You work short-row heels back and forth, one at a time, so you have to finish the first sock’s heel before moving on to the second one.) Here’s how it looked:
And that was all the knitting I did yesterday.
Twenty hours later, in the wee hours of this morning, I picked up the sock(s) and started the second half of that heel. You know, the part where you knit or purl across the row to the wrapped stitch and pick up the wraps and knit (or purl) them together with their stitches , etc., etc., until you’ve done them all and are ready to continue knitting the sock in the round.
In reality, I sucked at it. And my stitches were looking frakked up a little wonky and I couldn’t figure out why, so I did what any self-respecting knitter would do: I googled “short row heel” for a list of links to possible tutorials or videos or HELP.
Laura’s pictures and explanations saved my ass… and my heel.
Even the best of explanations and photos are not Toni-proof, however. In fact, I fumbled through the first two rows, totally split the yarn (the Happy yarn is pretty splitty, what with it being bamboo and not wool) many times, rather than picking up wraps cleanly or pulling a new stitch cleanly through the loops on the needle (already not easy when you’re purling 3 together). And about 6 or 8 rows in, I reached a “wrapped” stitch and realized that I hadn’t wrapped it after all and that I didn’t know how to remedy/compensate for that, so I ripped back to that point and reknit that part of the heel flap (just to get back to where I was the night before). Then a couple of rows into the second half of the heel, I dropped a wrapped stitch or the first wrap or the other wrap or something and couldn’t figure out what the hell I’d done, so I had to rip back two rows to rewrap the end stitch in question and then reknit again.
Thank the gods for Laura’s tutorial! It saved me, truly.
I had to put the knitting down to take the BC13 to school (in a nearby town), then was out for the rest of the morning. When I got settled in at home (after petting the kitties, of course), I finished that heel.
Sure you do.
Here’s the view of the soles:
That 1×1 ribbing you see in the arch area of the socks? It’s not in the original pattern, but I’ve discovered that I like how it makes the fabric there hug up against my foot better than plain stockinette. And I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m a loose knitter (ahem), so a little extra shaping there helps compensate, and it’s totally invisible from the “top” or “front” side. I got the idea for that modification from a pair of commercial athletic socks I bought a couple of years ago. I figured, if it worked there (and it did), it might work in my handknits (and it does).
Wanna see the lacy side?
Sure you do.
By my count, I’ve put around 16 hours into these so far. Wonder how long it’ll take to finish them. Any bets?
Tonight’s my night off and I expect to dedicate quite a few hours to making Happy. I’ll share my progress tomorrow.