Left Leaning Decreases

July 4, 2019

Left leaning decreases can look sloppy, I think I’ve tried them all – SSK, knitting two together through the backs of loops, and slip 1, knit 1, psso. None of them were particularly neat. Then I had a lightbulb moment 💡😁. I’m quite sure I’m not the first person to think of this, but….

Slip 1 KNITwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over.

The knitwise bit is the secret – if you slip the stitch purlwise (as you would normally do) you get that loose sloppy edge

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I came up with this really really easy short row heel some time ago, as all the instructions I found for short row heels on hand knitted socks were overly complicated with all their wraps, turns, double stitches, twin stitches etc etc etc

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The finished heel

This heel is so beautifully simple, that it’s easy to remember and it has absolutely no complicated stitches or techniques. Like any other short row heel, it works for both cuff down and toe up socks.

When knitting with fingering yarn / 4 ply sock yarn, the heel will measure approximately 2 inches from the start to the turn row. If you’re knitting toe up, there is a way of working out how long the heel will be before you get that far. For a 72 stitch sock, you’ll probably have a 36 stitch heel. You’ll be decreasing on the first half of the heel until you have one third of the stitches remaining, which is 12, with 12 slipped stitches each side. Those 12 slipped stitches were worked over 24 rows, so measure 24 rows on your sock and that’s the length of your heel. So for a 64 stitch sock / 32 stitch heel, you would have 10 remaining stitches after the decreasing, with 11 slipped stitches either side. That’s 22 decrease rows, so measure the length of 22 rows on your sock. A 48 stitch sock / 24 stitch heel would be 16 rows long, and at the other end of the scale, a 80 stitch sock / 40 stitch heel would be 26 rows long.

The full written instructions, row by row:

First half of heel, worked back and forth on half the total number of stitches:
Row 1: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog
(you can use SSK or any other decrease if you prefer)
Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise, purl to last stitch, slip 1 purlwise
Repeat last two rows until approximately one third of your heel stitches remain.

Second half of heel:
Row 1: Knit to end, pick up the chain loop at the end of the row below and knit into it, turn.
Row 2: Purl to end, pick up the chain loop at the end of the row below and purl into it, turn.
(Important! Do NOT slip the first stitch on these two rows, and make sure to snug up the first few stitches, especially on the purl rows!)
Repeat last two rows until all the chains have been picked up. You will be back to your original number of stitches and you can carry on knitting in the round.

That’s all there is to it. The complete instructions. Photos follow if you can’t visualise what’s happening here, but don’t overthink it… trust me, follow the instructions and it will work, I promise!

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First half of the heel done, showing the chain on the right formed by the slipped stitches

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First half of the heel done, showing the chain on the left formed by the slipped stitches

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Second half of the heel, picking up the slipped stitch to be purled at the end of the purl row

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Second half of the heel, picking up the slipped stitch to be knitted at the end of the knit row

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The finished heel again!

More socks!

July 24, 2018

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I’m still hand knitting socks, though I haven’t posted about them for nearly 9 years. Has it really been that long?? I’ve knitted quite a few pairs since then, but these are the latest pair finished today.

It took a few tries to get the tension correct, though I got there in the end. Even the tiniest variation in the tension would mess up the pattern and you’d only get stripes. The pattern called for a standard toe and an afterthought heel, but I didn’t do either of those as I refuse to do Kitchener stitch! I did a round toe and my easy no wrap short row heels instead.

The yarn is Wool and the Gang’s Kinda Magic sock yarn. It’s made by Regia and is part of their Pairfect range, though it’s exclusive to WATG.

Carl Boyd patterns

July 19, 2018

I’ve recently acquired nearly 50 Carl Boyd patterns for both men and women. Carl is known for his classic styles with unique fairisle patterning which have always been very popular.

These were originally sold for around £5.00 each – I’m offering them for £3.00 each, with £1.00 postage and packing to the United Kingdom. That’s £1.00 however many patterns you buy, 1, 2, 20 or more. Postage to the rest of the world is charged at cost.

See the full range here

 

Patterns to Download

July 18, 2018

A selection of downloadable patterns, for hand and machine knitting. These are all my original patterns for which I hold the copyright.

Hand Knitting patterns
Machine Knitting patterns

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