Are you a sock knitter? If so, do you often find yourself making the same design over and over again?
I get so fed up with socks that a pair often gets made in two colours (just to peak my interest) and God forbid any one pair should ever be re-created!
Saying this though, a sock is a great way of learning different shaping techniques, can often be made out of one skein only, and is easily transportable for on the go! Not only that, but socks never go to waste- there is always some one you know who would love a pair of foot warmers for their birthday or crimbo.
So how to get us doing more of them? And getting them to fit!?
Well here are a few alternative heel choices for you to give a go, taken from the wonderful books “socks a la carte” by Jonello Raffino and Katherine Cade.
They also have wonderful flip pages so you can try designing the perfect sock for you 🙂
The Dutch heel is probably the most commonly used style, as it is so hard wearing and durable.
The band heel seems to be often forgotten, which is a shame as it gives a lovely neat and tidy finish.
If you want to learn short rows then this is the perfect first garment to try them out in- but practise does make perfect where these are concerned. It’s great for keeping the continuity of self striping yarn, and for carrying any pattern from the body a cross to the top of the foot.
The origami heel is the perfect alternative to the short row heel, as it has a very similar look and characteristics, but is much easier to create.
The v-heel is also referred to as the half handkerchief heel, and a great way to escape the monotony of Kitchener stitch.
The round heel is perfect for your lounging socks. It shapes perfectly to the human heel, so maximum comfort is assured!
So my challenge to you all is to go and try out a new style of heel- break free from the norm and learn something new- whilst creating that perfect sock you’ve always dreamed of!