I just finished my first sock .....
just past the heel (what?
you thought I finished already?
I did the toe-up heel I mentioned a few posts back - the one with a heel flap and the gussets after the heel turn. No pics yet, and hopefully my camera will pick up the details, but here's what I did, and it seems to have worked beautifully -
I started the heel after I finished 3 pairs of short-row sections.
I did the 2 plain rows before the heel since I needed the length.
I held the sock so that on the foot, the short row sections start on the sides, and did a heel flap on 1/2 the stitches (the bottom of the foot) until the sock was long enough.
I did the heel turn like I usually do (the 'rounder heel' on 64 total stitches per http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/heels_by_the_number.htm
I did one plain row where I picked up all the gusset stitches, and then a 2nd plain row where I put a marker on the 2 heel needles showing where the gusset stitches are (from the marker to the end of the needle are the gusset stitches, once there's only one stitches left, the gusset is done and I'm back to 16 st per needle)
Then starting at the center heel, I started a short row section. When the short row got long enough to go into the gusset stitches, I put all the gusset stitches in the short row. So instead of going 4 stitches past the last short-row, I went 13st (4 plus 9 gusset st) As I knit the gusset stitches, I did the gusset decrease on the knit rows, and nothing on the purl row.
Then on the next short row, I knit the stitches, doing a gusset decrease as I knit that part, and went 4 stitches past the last short-row turn.
Basically, when I was counting where to turn the short-row, the gusset stitches = 0.
When I finished the first short-row section, I did the 2 plain knit rows, then started the next short-row section. By this time, my gusset stitches were gone and I just did the short-row section as normal.
Seems to work just fine. I'm guessing if I counted the gusset stitches for the "go 4 more stitches" I'd have more shortrows than usual, so when I did the 2nd shortrow section like normal, the sock won't be even since the 2 shortrow sections needs to have the same number of short-rows to even out. I guess.
The only 'problem' is that these 2 short row sections are front-to-back on the sock instead of side-to-side like on the front, so the color stripes isn't the same. When I do the 2 plain rows after this 2nd section, I'm going to knit just 1 3/4 rows so I can start the next short-row side-to-side like on the foot again.