Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Heel Report

Previously I talked about how ill fitting I find most afterthought heels and wanted to try a few to see if they worked better for my feet. I found Lara Neel's heel from this sock pattern and it fits perfectly!


YAY!

I'm So Excited!!

This heel is constructed similar to the top of a hat decrease. It comes out very round in comparison to other afterthought heels.


Lara has a formula that you follow (it's super easy) where you use the length from the tip of your thumb to your first knuckle joint. Sounds weird but it totally works! I only used the info there and how to space the decreases, I didn't do the provisional cast on.

I followed the instructions from Susan B. Andersons SOS pattern for adding in the afterthought heel but followed the instructions from Lara's to actually shape my heel.


I am one happy camper, if you've had trouble with the fit of afterthought heels please check out Lara Neel's pattern. I did find that the pattern decreased to too few stitches and became kind of pointy on one heel; I resolved this in the second sock by pulling the stitches through when there were a few more stitches. Ta Da! Instant fix!


(Good on the left, too pointy on the right) 

Very excited to work this heel again! I'm joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams in the Alongs this week. I'm currently still working my way through Man in the High Castle, but the shop I work at is starting a book club! Our first book is The Friday Night Knit Group so that will be cracked open soon (I've already read it but for the sake of the group I'm going to read it again). 

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    1. It's not one that I've seen used many times so I was really excited to have found one that works so well for me. I felt like a science experiment measuring my thumb and seeing if it would work:)

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  2. Yay for finding just the right fit for you! I am about to cast on my first pair of socks and I am pretty excited about it!

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    1. How exciting! Your first pair of socks! Watch out they become addictive

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  3. hmmm, that is an interesting heel...and maybe one I should try! I swore I would not do another afterthought heel but I need to do it on my swirly stripe sock!

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    1. I really found that afterthought heels aren't my favorite, but this one is the best so far. You should definitely give it a try especially if you are planning to do one on your current pair anyways.

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  4. Oh, I've never heard of that heel! Thanks for sharing! How does it feel when you have the sock on? Do the decrease lines rub at all on your foot, if that makes sense?

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    1. I haven't had any discomfort with the decreases, I actually feel the decreases more on a traditional afterthought heel than this one.

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  5. I'm slowly dipping my toes in the afterthought heel thing and this way looks very intriguing...
    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. This shape just seems to make sense for feet! My heel fits perfectly and absolutely no seams!

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  6. Love your socks! I will have to try out that heel. Looks like a fun one.

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