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A new issue of Sockupied is here!

Mar 23, 2011

    
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 Gardiner

The 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!

Cheers,








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LindaD wrote
on Mar 26, 2011 9:00 AM

I had a lot of trouble downloading sockupied. It is not user friendly. I was persistent and glad I have it. I enjoy it and nice to have as reference. The heel calculator is especially interesting. For the price I thought it small and we should have gotten more patterns.

jnlfamily wrote
on Mar 25, 2011 7:00 PM

For some reason I am not receiving my daily newletter!  I've tried to find a way to contact knitting daily, but the only support you have on the site is FAQ's which do not address this issue.  

I'm so frustrated.  Who do I contact and how do I contact to correct this.  I look forward to all your wonderful news each day.

Thank you.  

on Mar 25, 2011 3:16 PM

Hi Susan,

I really do think this issue is neat. Take a look at it in the Interweave Store--there are several pages shown so you can see the content a bit more than in this post.

Kathleen

saitkin wrote
on Mar 25, 2011 8:00 AM

Kathleen, I was very disappointed with the first "Sockupied" is the second one really any better? I bought the first, then it went on sale, I haven't gotten anything from it. I have always been very happy with everything else I have ever downloaded, bought or read on Interweave, TV Knitting Daily or your part of Knitting Daily every week day.

Thank you for that.

Susan

on Mar 24, 2011 11:43 AM

Hi Pam,

No--I had trouble with the photo on my end. The eMag version is beautiful! I'm going to try again to see if I can get something more representative of what's in Sockupied.

Kathleen

PamV wrote
on Mar 24, 2011 6:39 AM

Is the 'print' quality of the sample pages indicative of that of the 'real' copy?