After a false start, the heel is done:
This is the “non-stop heel” that Katherine Misegades adapted from a gansey sweater underarm. It took longer than I anticipated, because I was an idiot and forgot that I should still be working in the round as I made the heel ‘flap’. Got halfway through and had to tink and start over. At first it works very much like a Cat Bordhi-style sock; you increase for the arch expansion on either side of the heel stitches. For this sock, I worked the increases in the same slip stitch as the heel:
When you have enough increases, you work a short row heel turn designed to take up all the extra stitches in the ssks or p2togs. In addition to avoiding the need to pick up stitches, this gives a nice, flat look to the seam between heel and sole:
In contrast, a traditional pick-up gusset uses some of the picked-up stitches from the side of the sock to make up the sole stitches, because the short-row heel turn ends up smaller than your starting stitch count. This looks odd when the sock isn’t on a foot:
Since the non-stop heel progresses differently than the gusseted heel I used for sock #1, I’m curious to see if it takes the same number of total pattern repeats to get to the toe. I sure hope it does!
Got a fair amount of knitting done last night while watching my Redskins* almost beat the Patriots — way to go, guys! Great game! Two knitting days left, and half a foot to go.
*For the curious: I’ve lived in Texas longer than anywhere else, but I grew up in DC. Thus the odd spectacle of a Redskins fan living in Cowboys territory. =)