Monday, October 27, 2014

Broken Rib Heel Stitch

Have you ever wanted a heel stitch with more padding? I have. I created this heel stitch when designing a pair of socks for my husband. Its not hard, but since its a modification of the standard heel stitch, it takes some getting used to. So here goes, for an even number of heel stitches the pattern is as follows:

Row 1 (RS): SL1, *K1, SL1*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch remains, K1. Row 2 (WS): SL1, *P1, K1*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch remains, P1. Repeat rows 1 & 2 until heel flap is desired height.

As you can see row 1 follows the standard heel stitch pattern, but it changes on row 2 (the key to the extra padding). On row 2, you knit the knit stitches and purl the slipped stitches (from the previous row). This results in a column of garter between the slipped stitches, which provides the additional padding. The garter column causes heel stitch to contract more vertically than a traditional heel stitch and you may need to account for this when using it in a sock.

The end result is a heel which looks like a normal heel stitch, but provides extra padding. If done in a lighter color the purl bumps may become visible.


Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

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