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my first sock – turning the heel

my first sock - the heel

Look at that, I have a heel on my sock. I only needed to rip back four times to get it all right. That dark line of thread you see is a lifeline that I got a whole lot of use out of. I used the Japanese short rows from nonaKnits which explains the basics, but I found this tutorial for Japanese short rows in the round at Adorabubble Knits to be the most useful. Though, I turn, slip, then add a pin. That difference didn’t seem to affect how the gaps closed on the last go around. I will try the turn, add a pin and then slip next sock to see if there is a difference. I’ve also discovered that stringing pins on my yarn ahead of time, just like you would if you were knitting with beads, saves a lot of frustration when I’m in the midst of short rowing. Thanks again to Amy Singer for her excellent Favorite Sock Recipe, I suspect I would have given up on other forms of short rows.

· comments [8] · 08-13-2009 · categories:knitting ·

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 leni // Aug 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    great job!

  • 2 Amy P // Aug 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Great work! You are in the homestretch now…well, at least for sock #1. =) It looks great.

  • 3 Mermaid // Aug 14, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I’m so impressed. I can’t knit in purl (plain is fine) so this is seriously beyond me! Well done.

  • 4 Jamie // Aug 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Nice work! Looks kind of hard.

  • 5 Glenda in Colorado // Aug 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Congratulations, if it only took you 4 times of ripping back, you are doing well.

  • 6 Guido // Aug 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

    great sock… I feel like turning the heel is pure love myself. Sadly, I always get bored knitting the rest of the sock.

  • 7 kathy b // Aug 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    OH my gosh I adore the color of the socks!

  • 8 Georgia // Aug 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Nice job!! I am actually planning on knitting my first pair of socks shortly here so I’m sure I’ll feel your pain of having to rip back a number of times! Looks good though! Hopefully I am able to do the job as well.

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