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Topic: how do i make a toe up heel?  (Read 380 times)
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« on: June 06, 2006 08:09:14 PM »

I want to make the Hedra or Pomatomus socks from the last two issues of knitty, but I want to do them toe-up. I've knit a pair of toe-up socks before (Badcauls) but I didn't like the heel.

Does anyone have any tips on turning a cuff-down pattern into a toe-up pattern? And are there any alternative heel methods?

« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006 09:02:33 PM »

How was the heel in the other toe-up socks done? Short row, heel flap, or something else entirely?

« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006 09:28:58 PM »

It was a short row heel with "wrap and turn"

« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006 11:29:38 PM »

I don't really like short row heels much either. Something about them simply doesn't look right, at least when I do them. I think I just need to practice more, though.

Here is a pattern for a toe up sock that uses a basic heel flap. The pattern is for two circular needles, but it doesn't really matter if you're doing this with magic loop or DPNs instead; the instructions generally stay the same. If either Hedera or Pomatomus use a different number of stitches, you can account for that as well by looking at the proportions of the heel numbers to the number of total stitches, and using the proportions to do the heel on the other sock.

Also, this website has a few different heel flap variations for toe up (and cuff down!) socks. The toe up information is toward the bottom of the page.

And for taking a cuff down pattern and knitting it toe up, usually you can just reverse the instructions. (You'd probably end up with a mirror image of the original sock, I think.) For example, in Hedera you could start knitting the sock starting from row 1 of the pattern, doing the pattern repeat across the top of the foot and stockinette on the bottom. Pomatomus, I think you'd start with chart B on the foot, and then move to chart A on the leg. I've never knit either of these socks, though, so maybe someone who has could shed some light on if that would work or not.

« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006 09:02:57 AM »

Thanks!! So many methods to choose from...looks like I've got some reading to do.

« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006 10:02:45 AM »

You're welcome. Smiley

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