At the beginning of the month I started seeing the hashtag #socktober going around in knitting groups so thought I should see if I could get a pair of socks done in a month.
Before this month I’d only made 2 pairs of socks before so I’m not very quick at them, and only 1 of them turned out really wearable. And while that pair is soft and cozy, I wasn’t pleased with the gusset gap at the heel. I’d even remembered to pick up stitches in the corner and remembered to decrease them in! There had to be a better heel.
I had heard about the fleegle heel before but when I’d taken a look at the instructions I’d been overwhelmed. I came across it again in a few youtube podcasts and watched one video actually demonstrate it and realized it wasn’t as tricky as I thought. So I found the original pattern for the fleegle heel again and when I reached the point of the socks where I needed to start the heel, I went for it!
The fleegle heel was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. No wrap and turns to keep track of. You place a marker for the first time back and forth across the heel but then you can remove it and use the gap in the stitches to keep your place so there’s not even a stitch marker in your way.
The heels knit up very quickly and voila! No gap! This is definitely going to be my default heel from now on.
I’m currently working on a gift that I need to get knit up soon, and I have a few more Christmas gifts in my Ravelry queue. I also need to start working on a Christmas stocking for Malachi. Yes..He’s two now but I’ve been putting off tackling his stocking. I’m also debating doing 2 Christmas stockings at a time to get the one done for the new baby at the same time. We’ll see. I’m still trying to decide on what colour stripe to do for Malachi. Most of my yarn is fingering weight and I need worsted for this project. The only colour I have enough of to do his is this burnt orange, so I’m not sure if I want to use that or wait until I can pick up some of a different colour.
After my Christmas knitting is done, I look forward to starting another pair of socks!
What have you been crafting lately?
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