Gauge

Note to self: stitch gauge and row gauge are not the same thing. Getting one does not guarantee getting the other.

I swatched for the stockings. I was a good 8 stitches off gauge, so I bought needles 1.25 mm smaller. I swatched again (OK, I started knitting the stockinette rolled top, on the theory that if I was getting gauge I could just keep going), and there I was, bang on 7 stitches to the inch, 28 over 4 inches. Problem is, I’m not getting 32 rows to 4 inches, more like 40.

I’m now most of the way to the ankle on stocking one.  I’m going to finish it and try it on.  If it fits, I’ll do the other one on the small needles.  If it doesn’t, I’m going to go back to the larger needles and pray–basically, hoping that the extra width will turn into extra length when worn.

On the upside, the fabric produced by the merino/linen blend is almost worth the wait it took to get it.

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Inverted Heel Flap

Over at String or Nothing, Kim’s talking about making a heel-flap heel (as opposed to i.e. a short-row heel) on toe-up socks.  She’s having issues with it, and has posted at length.  This makes me wonder whether it can possibly be as simple as I’m imagining it.

Make your toe as usual, knit to about where the arch of the instep starts rising, increase two every other round on either “edge” of the foot till you’ve done 1/4 your base number of stitches (64 for me, usually, so 16) on each side.  Start knitting back and forth, centered over the back heel on 1/4+2 of your base, increasing one stitch at each end of each row and catching one of your live stitches likewise, till you have 1/2 your base number on the heel needles.  Then knit back and forth, still catching a live stitch on each row, till the instep needle has 1/2 your base number on it and switch back to working in the round.

It’s pretty much an exact reversal of the Dutch heel that many people learn for top-down socks.  Am I oversimplifying?