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Lesson 17 - June 22, 2020


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  1. Hi there! I want to use a textured pattern for the faux heel flap on toe up fingering weight socks.
    In order to incorporate that, I need to use the instructions for turning the heel on the worsted weight sock instructions (wrapping and turning), is that right? The heel turning instructions for the fingering weight socks involves pm in middle of row, and I can’t figure out how to work the eye of partridge flap into that.
    So my question is: if I have 62 stitches on the heel needle, how many stitches do I knit before wrap and turn? I can’t figure out the proper ratio to the higher number of stitches in the fingering weight pattern…
    Thanks! Sandy

    1. Hi Sandy, you don’t have to do anything special like that. Just follow the instructions for the faux heel flap socks – first turn the heel according to the pattern, and then follow the Faux Heel Flap instructions.

      The three textured pattern options are there in the pattern on page 3. Just make sure you download the latest version of the pattern (4.3):

      You don’t have to modify anything or change anything at all! Let me know if you are able to do the heel.


  2. Well Just realized for a high instep for a small size I should have knit to 4.75 inches from the back of the heel – not from the toe (doing the worsted weight toe-up faux heel flap socks for magic loop). Had put the knitting aside for awhile to make face masks for the Covid-19 pandemic and then when I picked the knitting back up I thought I had a while to go before starting on the gusset and realized I had gone beyond that point. Will be ripping back some rows and then getting on with the rest of the pattern.

  3. Hi Liat – I am knitting with your pattern for bulky-weight socks. I have almost completed the heel (many thanks for teaching how to purl backwards! I’m not adept yet but persevered as I can see how much more efficient it is). I am up to starting the two rounds of decreases to bring my heel needle stitch count back to 14. Round 1, needle 1 says to K1, K2tog, K to end of needle. Round 2, needle 1 starts with K1, SSK, K to last 3 its, K2tog, K1.
    In my limited experience with other patterns, the SSKs and K2togethers are usually on their respective sides. Thus, it seems to me Round 2, needle 1 should start K1, K2tog and the SSK would be at the end of needle 1. Please let me know whether to follow your pattern as written or make the switch. If the pattern is correct as written, why does it work to place a SSK and a K2tog on the same side of the heel?
    I am stunned I’m succeeding at two-at-a-time socks; your videos are the best, thanks!

    1. Hi Marla,
      Hooray! I’m so glad you’re succeeding at two-at-a-time socks, thank you so much for giving it your best effort and being so brave.
      I understand what you’re asking about as far as whether the K2tog should be on the left or the right side of the heel.
      I honestly don’t remember why I set it up the way I did. I think it seems to close up the heel and look more even. Why don’t you try it one way on one sock and the other way on the other sock and let me know which one you like better!
      PS – for not being “adept” yet or having limited experience to patterns, you’re doing amazing!!

      1. Hi Liat – thanks so much for your prompt and thoughtful reply! I did as you suggested and knit one sock per your pattern and the other with the K2tog and the SSK switched. I took a photo but have no idea how to attach it. I don’t see any difference although there must be one. I knit the two ankle rounds as I thought that might help to see any change better but not to me. I’m sure I don’t have a discerning eye. But, both heels look closed and even to me. I’m leaving them as is; although not obvious, I love asymmetry ;-))
        I am able to persevere because of your ever present encouragement and support!

  4. I’ve finished the first sock–thought I did really well on the heel! But when I slipped it on my foot afterwards, I found a quarter-inch hole on the side of the heel. There’s no dropped stitch, just a gap at the beginning of the heel turn. What happened?


        Tks for that video re gaps, but it seems to be at the end of first sock. Before start second sock wheres theres gap also.

        1. I’m sorry that didn’t help. A few other knitters have mentioned gaps. Would you be willing to upload a picture? Add a comment here and upload a pic for me. Thank you!! Also – which pattern are you using? I need to know that as well. Thanks!

    1. Hi Moira,
      Great to hear from you! Sorry it took me so long to reply. I hate to say it but your comment got skipped because of the flood of questions I got last week. But I am answering now!
      I think you are referring to the high-instep Faux-Heel-Flap pattern. Is that right? You can know if you need to do extra gusset increases if you know you have a high instep (regular socks are tight across your instep). Is this what you’re wondering about?

  5. I made it to the gusset, but I don’t understand the instructions at this point.
    Round 1 says to k1 & then do increases then knit to end of round. Is this for one sock only? So do the increases on the first side of both socks and knit the second side?
    If not, is there a video for this or what am I reading wrong?

    1. I was mixed up about this too, but when I watched video she pointed to the beginning of second sock and said to do the same thing.

  6. I’m ready to turn heel, I want to knit the eye of the partridge and I do not know when I should start knitting it. I’m on my third pair os socks getting ready for class with my nice yarn! Thank you

  7. I’m ready to turn heel but would love to incorporate The Eye of the Partridge
    I do not know when I start knitting this. Thanks. I’m on my third pair practicing getting ready for class to start!

    1. Hi Crystal, I know I answered you by email but I wanted to make my answer public in case it helps others as well: You’ll want to use the Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Socks (fingering) pattern, which I think you figured out.

      When it’s time to knit the heel flap, you’ll get to the “Work Faux Heel Flap” section. You’ll then work the eye-of-the partridge heel directions (which I think you also figured out as well).

      Click the image below to see it bigger. I hope this helps! ​

  8. I am not having any luck following the pattern at the turning heel section. One side has a big gap and the stitches I am working on are not in the Center of the 62 stitches in this section. I’ve ripped out twice and mapped it out on paper and the instructions are not allowing me to work over the gap on each side. Can you help?

    1. Hi there!

      The reason that our Toe-Up Socks video course is a required course for this knitalong is that there are actually videos showing you exactly how to do each step of the pattern. I will be walking you through the pattern step-by-step (we are just about to start with the cast-on). That way there will be no mystery. The video class is even more valuable if you want to work ahead on your own, because you will have me showing you how to do it! You can watch the videos before you do each section so there is no confusion. It is available at 50% off right now for knitalong memebers.

      In addition, you can click the abbreviations in your free pattern and be taken straight to a video of how to do each technique. For instance, clicking “SSK” takes you to this video:

      I see that in the pattern legend it doesn’t actually describe how to do the SSK decrease. I will see if I can add those instructions to the pattern itself in the future.

      I hope this helps!

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