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When You Forget Increases On Your Fleegle Heel

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When You Forget Increases On Your Fleegle Heel

Liat Gat - Founder

February 22, 2011

Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you've got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other. It usually happens right when you start saying,"Yeah, I think I've got the hang of it!" You start getting in the groove, and you forget to increase. Here's how to recognize it, and how to fix it.

So many of my lovely students are knitting (and loving) two-at-a-time toe-up socks, that I thought I’d make you a video on a very common mistake people make.

Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.

It usually happens right when you start saying,”Yeah, I think I’ve got the hang of it!” You start getting in the groove, and you forget to increase.

Here’s how to recognize it, and how to fix it:

KNITFreedom - Troubleshooting Toe-Up Heel: Forgetting To Increase
KNITFreedom - Troubleshooting Toe-Up Heel: Forgetting To Increase

Just be sure to quickly count your stitches every five rows or so, so you don’t get too far ahead if you’ve made a mistake.

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If you liked this tutorial on the Fleegle heel, post in the comments!

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  1. Brilliant advice and suggested fix! I’m OCD about counting stitches though some knitters seem averse to “taking the time” to count frequently. I’d rather “take the time” than to have to tink or frog and do over!! That takes MUCH more time! Especially if I’m doing an intricate stitch pattern. Then I use markers between sets of the stitch and just cast an eye over each set to catch a missed or added yarn over or needed increase or decrease etc.

  2. A very helpful instruction, but what if you missed it further down? I’ve done that and ripped back several rounds. Is that the only solution?

    1. I’ve used this fix a max of 3 rows down. Another fix if you don’t want to rip out your knitting is just to add an extra increase on the row you’re on as soon as you realize your mistake. It probably will not affect the finished project.

  3. Hi Shannon, what a great learning opportunity!

    Here’s what I would do: knit across the heel stitches until you are one stitch from the end. Then use the ladder in the second row to go down and create a M1R on the third row down. Then just knit across the new stitch using the working yarn.

    If that sounds too complicated, just knit across the heel stitches and do a M1R one stitch before the end. It won’t be perfectly even but it will be totally fine.

    Then start the short-row heel when you come around again to the heel stitches.

    I hope this helps!

  4. Help! I’m doing the worsted weight socks but just one at a time. I got to the end of my last increase row where I should have 30 stitches on the heel needle, but I only have 29. I can see that I forgot to do the last M1r increase. I cannot mentally figure out how to go back and fix it! I have the heel row facing me with needles pointing to the right and the missed increase is on the left side. Help!

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