Pattern: 3k1p ribbing with strong heels (Knitter's Magazine 2003 Fall) and 64 stitches cast on
Talking about strong heel, I am not sure it was such named because it is stronger than other types of heels, or after the writer Gerdine Crawford-Strong. The magazine was several years old and would be difficult to find. Besides, the method described seems to be quite a generic one. So, I guess Gerdine Crawford-Strong wouldn't mind me sharing how to do it here.
increase round - k1, m1, k to last heel stitch, m1, k1, k the instep stitches (32 stitches)
knit 1 round even
Continue the last 2 rounds until there are 60 stitches for the heels.
Then, start turning the heel (B) using short rows back and forth on the heel stitches:
Row 1 (RS) - k33, ssk, k1, turn
Row 2 (WS) - slip 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3 - slip 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4 - slip 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn
Repeat R3 and R4 until there are 32 stitches remaining.
Start knitting in rounds for the foot.
Using the method, you'll get a stocking stitch heel flap. But if you miss the cushy slipped stitch flap, you can definitely knit it the way you like ... or you can even add a little pattern with a different colour. Very versatile.
Yarn: Lion Brand Magic Stripes (75% wool, 25% nylon) Colour: Bright Spring Stripes
Needles: CP bamboo dpns US1.5
Start date: 02-19-2007
Finish date: 03-08-2007
After finishing the socks, I knew it was time to return to the Forest Path Stole, which I did, but not before making a couple of squares for the Blanket of Hope:
The one on the left is another square I made from the Leisure Arts Afghan booklet and it was called the Candle Tree Square (Sensations Dolcetto in Lime, 54% Wool, 24% Nylon, 22% Cotton). The one on the right is from Barbara Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan Book Square 7 Garter and Rib (Bernat Lana in Smoke, 100% Merino wool). I bought these yarns in single balls some time ago just to try them out. The Sensations Dolcetto was already discontinued. But I really like the Bernat Lana ... it's really soft and the colour I bought is really lovely. I may use it for a cardigan later.
And of course, another pair of socks were also started: