My go-to vanilla pattern has a flap heel, though in college I did some experimentation and went through a period where all of my socks had garter stitch short-rowed heels. (Isn't that what college is about? Experimentation?) In any case, after college (like so many other girls) I went back to my standard flap heel.
If you listen to the podcast, you've heard my mom rave about how addictive afterthought heels are. If you're me, you hear it even more frequently. Like so many other things, her suggestion worked its way into my brain, and I succumbed to peer pressure. I started a pair of beautiful socks (out of Abstract Fiber's Temptation in "Snapdragon") with the express intention of finding out what all the hubbub around afterthought heels was about.
We were watching TV (The Good Guys, my current favorite show), and I decided to take pictures with my phone and tweet my progress.
|This is my sock, with the waste yarn placed where the heel should go, 7 inches in. Dog sleeping in background is not necessarily necessary to execute an afterthought heel, but is a snuggly option. If allergic, feel free to substitute with a cat. Or goldfish.|
To get to the afterthought heel, I knit my sock to my total foot length, minus the length of two sets of toe decreases. If my foot is a total of 9 1/4", and my usual toe decreases are 1 3/4" long, that would be:
9.25 - 2(1.75) = 5.75 (<- total length of the foot in inches, pre-toe)
(Do you get as excited about order of operations as I do? I'm going to assume so.)
Next, it's time to pick up stitches:
|Next step: Pick up stitches on either side of the waste yarn- or in this case, crochet cotton.|
beautiful, slick crochet cotton. She'll deny it, but I have my suspicions.)
I don't think anything could have made me happier than seeing my stitches, all tidy and heel-ready blossom open as I undid the waste yarn.
|Next step: Unpick/slide out your waste yarn. Bonus points if you pretend you're a surgeon, since removing stitches is pretty much the same regardless of your subject.|
And on that note, I'm going to go and start the second sock while the spirit moves me.