I love socks. Do you?
I've been knitting socks for I don't know how long. I don't think I will ever tire of making them. Can you have too many socks? I think not! 😉
As a project, they're small, easily transportable, can be simple or intricate, and usually quick to knit.
Over the years I've knit many varieties. Many different cuffs, toes and heels and like you, I had my favourites. Up until now, my perfect vanilla sock would have a 1 x 1 rib, a heel flap and turned heel, then finished of with a square toe. Yours might be similar or completely different, but either way, I bet you know that vanilla pattern inside and out.
But isn't time for something new? I love the shape of my 'perfect' vanilla sock, but some days, I get annoyed that I have to pick up stitches to achieve it. So I sat down and started to play to see if could come up with something that would work for me, to truly become my Perfect vanilla sock.
Of course it took a few goes until I had something usable. A piece of knitting that could work over a few sizes, plus not take pages to write up.
By George, I think I've got it! I decided to keep the overall look similar to my beloved heel flap, but this is knit in the round with a few German short rows, and an extended heel turn. It can look a little weird unblocked, but when you put it on - OH Boy! Not to toot my own horn here... this heel fits so well.
I haven't officially named this heel yet, but I'm hoping you might throw a few ideas my way.
I'll be starting to release patterns with this new heel from September.
So I'll leave you with a picture of socks to come.
Happy Knitting (especially socks)