Since my last post I recieved 2 requests for socks in the beautiful Neon yarn I purchased. So I decided to start working on the first pair. I’m using the pattern that I found on Plymouth yarns website that actually is for these socks. It is their basic sock pattern. This actually worked out because I was wanting to knit a basic rib sock anyways. But the thing is, this pattern has the heel done in short rows. I’ve never done short rows. I’ve heard them mentioned in blogs & pod casts, even while I was in my LYS. And I knew I would eventually come across a pattern that calls for short rows. So, here I am, ready to start the heel & I am sooooo scared! LOL well, not really scared, but just worried that I will not do it correctly & have to rip everything out.
I read the pattern over & over and I kept asking myself where is the heel flap! Am I missing something? Did they forget to put it into the pattern? Oh boy! I’m telling you, last night I just put my little sock down & started working on something else.
However, I was reading some blogs & noticed that Sarah from knitting Sarah had posted a video on how to do the Kitchener’s stitch. So I asked her if she had one on how to do a short row heel. She kindly referred me to Craftsy which was a great site (Thank you Sarah!) And from there I went to Knitty.com which was also really good and it also cleared up one HUGE question that I had about the heel flap. The pattern I’m working on is wanting me to do a flapless heel! (why didn’t they just say that! LOL) So now I know I’m not going crazy!
But I’m more of a visual person so I turned to You Tube and found a great video tutorial by Knit Purl Hunter. She has part 1 and part 2 which were great in putting what I had read in the different blogs to life. :-).
What I did however, to “practice” on something other than my actual sock was, I took some yarn & cast on 20 stitches & did the wrap & turn part of the short row heels, just to make sure I understood it correctly.
Here are my practice short rows. I didn’t go back to knit the wraps just yet. I just really wanted to make sure I understood that whole wrap & turn business. LOL 🙂 And this was a very rough practice. I didn’t leave a third of the stitches, I wanted to just practice the technique.
So I’ve done my research, read my articles, watched some videos & practiced with some scrap yarn and tonight I will pick up my little sock & attempt my flapless short row heel!
Wish me luck!! 🙂