|Wyeast Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, from the new issue of Sockupied. These socks take their name from the Multnomah word for Oregon’s Mount Hood, home of a historic lodge and ski area. The cable patterns, which are reminiscent of ski tracks, were selected by Chrissy’s husband to ensure they appeal to guys as well as gals.
I'm so excited! I just got an email with a link to the new issue of the eMag Sockupied
, and it is AMAZING. Really. (If "awesome" weren't so overused I'd call it awesome!)
One of the focuses of this issue is how to work with heels; to flap or not—how to decide? While world events might not turn on this decision, it really is an important one for us sock knitters.
There are several heel choices; my favorite is the short-row heel, which looks a lot like the heels you see on commercial socks. The cons to this type of heel verses the traditional flap heel is that it's a little less durable—heel flaps are often thicker because the slip-stitch construction, and if you have a high inseam you might need a little more give, which a heel flap provides.
Almost exclusively, I wear Dansko clogs, Crocs, or flip-flops, so durability isn't really a factor for me, and I have a low instep, so short-row heels are my go-to heel.Sock designer
Chrissy Gardiner has so much info to share about heel construction, it's really interesting reading. And because it's a Sockupied
eMag, there are all sorts of visuals, too, including an incredible calculator tool.
Here's an excerpt from Chrissy's fascinating article from Sockupied.
Sock Conversions: Getting Your Head Around Your Heels
I started out as a traditional top-down, Dutch heel sort of gal and have evolved into a toe-up, crazy-hybrid-flap-heel knitter as I've learned new techniques. I design nearly all of the socks that I knit, which makes it easy for me to use my favorite constructions (although I do like to mix it up to keep things interesting), but not everyone designs his or her own socks.
Switching a short-row heel for a flap heel, changing the direction of the heel (from toe-up to top down and vice versa), or even changing both at the same time can be daunting prospects, but it's really quite simple once you have a few techniques under your belt.
To work a short-row heel in place of a flap heel, divide the heel stitches (usually—but not always—half the stitches for the cuff) into thirds and work a short-row heel according to your favorite directions.
When you're finished working the first half of the short-row heel, you'll have about one-third of the heel stitches wrapped on either side of the remaining one-third of the stitches unwrapped in the center of the heel. Make sure you ignore any gusset increase/decrease instructions when substituting a short-row heel.
The heel is worked over the original number of heel/sole/back-of-leg stitches without any net gain or loss of stitches.Reversing Direction
The short-row heel is perfectly symmetrical and is worked exactly the same in either direction—no changes required! If want to do a top-down short-row sock pattern toe-up instead, the heel is the easiest part!
—Chrissy GardinerThe Heel Calculators
I hear from many knitters that the heel is the hardest part of knitting sock. Sockupied
makes it easier by including three heel calculators: one for short-row heels, one for toe-up flaps, and one for top-down flaps.
Here's a snapshot of Chrissy's short-row heel calculator:
As you can see, the heel calculator gives you step-by-step directions for working the heel by using your gauge and number of stitches cast on. You don't have to do any math because Chrissy does it for you! There are three calculators, one for toe-up flap heels, one for top-down flap heels, and one for short-row heels.
Being math-challenged myself, I can't tell you how amazing these calculators are.
If you're anything like I am, you have a bunch of sock yarn in your stash (and if you don't, run to your LYS or check out Simply Socks Yarn Company!
), so get out your sock yarn and get sockupied!
Download your Sockupied
eMag and start knitting socks!