Welcome to the second week of our #knitting KAL! I hope you have enjoyed knitting the leg of your first socks. This week will be tougher, but remember that we're happy to answer any questions during #knittinghour on Twitter and you can always message me @KnittyNadia and fellow knitters, too.
Oo, we are gradually heading towards the tricky bits!
The heel flap is only knit across the first 30 stitches. You will be knitting back and forth across the same 30 stitches until you have a fairly long flap that will cover the back of your heel. The stitches used here help to make a stronger, more durable fabric that is great for heels and very comfortable.
Here’s how you do it:
Row 1 (RS): *sl1, k1*
Row 2 (WS): sl1, p29
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have finished 30 rows.
Hurray! You have made it this far. That wasn’t so bad, was it? Have a cuppa and take a break before the next step. It may look daunting, but I promise it’s easier than it looks.
Turning the heel:
You will keep knitting across the same stitches of the heel flap as before, gradually reducing the number of stitches. This is done by starting to knit the stitches in the centre of the row and taking stitches one by one from the sides as you knit back and forth. This will start to shape the heel so it will cup your heel nicely when you wear your socks.
Row 1: Sl1, p16, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 2: Sl 1, k5, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 4: sl1, k7, ssk, k1, turn
Continue knitting in this manner, increasing the number of stitches worked between the slipped stitch and p2tog or ssk by one on every row (ie p8 on row 5, k9 on row 6, p10 on row 7 etc) until all stitches are used and you only have 18 stitches on your needle.
Note: While turning the heel, you will see that a gap forms in your knitting, which works great as a visual aid. All ssk and p2tog stitches are knitted across that gap.
I think it’s time for tea and biscuits at this stage. Or cake! The worst is behind you now, but there is still a little challenge ahead: knitting the gusset that will follow the arch of your foot and narrow the sock down. Ready?
You should now be ready to pick up stitches along one side of the heel flap:
Pick up 15 sts along one side of heel flap, k30, pick up 15 stitches along other side of heel flap, k9, PM. This point marks the new beginning of your round.
Round 1: k21, k2tog, k32, ssk, k21
Round 2: k all
Round 3: k20, k2tog, k32, ssk, k20
Round 4: k all