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« on: July 29, 2006 09:48:35 AM »

hi all. I'm knitting my first sock, I've already turned the heel..... now..... the pattern says:
Have the right side of your work facing you. Now you are going to pick up stitches along the sides of the heel flap. That is what the little "slipped stitch loops" are used for.

Pick up/knit 10(12) stitches along the left side of heel flap. With second needle, knit (or continue in your rib pattern if you wish to have the top of the sock ribbed all the way to the toe ... looks very nice when done ...) work across these 20(22) stitches. Then take your other free needle and pick up 10(12) stitches along the remaining side of heel flap. Now all four needles are in use.

what does that mean??? with which needle do I pick up the stitches? what's going on here?Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2006 10:37:06 AM »

I am not great at deciphering patterns either.  But I believe as long as you pick up all the stitches on each side of the heel (I would not put them all on the same needle, use three and try to divide them evenly) you can begin knitting in the round again and if you didn't pick up the stitches to create an even distrubution of stitches on each of your four needles just correct it as you go so the same number is on each needle in the next round.

That is my charge ahead method.  I hope it makes some sorta sense.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2006 10:44:51 AM »

mmmmm  Undecided
okay right now I have.... 2 needles on which the "leg" sts. are and one on which the heel ones are (after turning). the needle with the heel sts. is the one with the orking yarn... do I use a new needle and the working yarn to pick up sts from the heel towards the leg? but it says pick up 12 sts and I'll still have sts left till I get back to the leg.....
oy.
I'm getting a headache.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2006 10:45:56 AM »

You're picking up your stitches so you can create the heel gusset, which will connect the heel flap to the tube you already created (the leg). As T-Sam said, this is where you start knitting in the round again. Here's a tutorial about knitting socks http://www.royea.net/sockdemo3.html

I used it when I knit my first pair, it really explains the process very nicely and there are pictures! Much better than I could ever explain here Cheesy

Best of luck, socks are so much fun! They're my new favorite thing  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2006 10:47:56 AM »

socks are my new favorite thing as well, just with a free needle pick up the 12 stitches and then with the heel flap needle knit across them, it will be kind of akward with that many stitches on the needle but once you make the first round your pattern should tell you how to adjust the stitches on your needles.
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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006 10:49:42 AM »

I would just pick up every available stitch and start knitting in the round (in rib or whatever pattern)  Just put as many stitches on a needle as will fit, too many and they start to slip off and its hard to knit with.  Check out the link that was posted above that could really help.
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2006 10:53:26 AM »

If the problem is that there are more slipped stitches than the 12 you need to pick up, you just skip one every now and then. The important thing is to end up with 12 picked up stitches without a gap at the edges, so don't skip the first or last stitches. I usually just pick a coulpe of the tighter ones in the middle, spread out over the heel flap.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2006 11:29:30 AM »

THANK YOU!!!!! it's the spreading the picked up stitches along the heel that I didn't think of, I just picked up the first 12 and was left wondering  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2006 11:31:54 AM »

You're welcome, I'm happy to help!  Cheesy

Best of luck with them! I love socks so much, I'm actually knitting up another pair right now  Cheesy
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