Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel

So, it's no secret that I'm obsessed with self-striping yarn and I almost always use it to knit Grumperina's Jaywalkers because I love that pattern!  However, I really don't like how the striping gets messed up at the heel/gusset so I was interested in trying something new: an afterthought heel.  That way I can knit the whole body of the sock in one pass and the stripes will be nice and tidy, then I can go back and add the heel.  Pretty cool, huh?

There's lots of ways to do it, but I decided to go with Emily B. Miller's method in a Sock Surgeon's Afterthought Heel.  This is a pretty cool method because you don't have to do any pre-planning about where to place the heel and you actually go in and snip the yarn later to add the heel.

Snipping into your sock is a little unnerving... but in the end, it was pretty awesome!!

Here are some pics:

Right after I cut into the sock and picked up the first few stitches...  the super scary part!

After I picked up all the stitches -- lots of waste yarn to weave in later!

Knitting the heel!  (hint - it's a toe!!)

I recommend trying this method!  It's awesome!

FO: Vintagey Jaywalkers

Here is my latest pair of Jaywalkers... I absolutely love this colorway!  It's called Time Traveler.  I picked it up last November when Knit Picks brought back Felici for a limited time and I totally stocked up!

I knit these up with nickle-plated dpns and it was a really bad experience resulting in laddering and injuries!  Won't be doing that again!  But they are still pretty fun, ladders and all!  :)

yarn details
Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler
Fingering Weight
Dye Lot 46550
75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Machine wash/Tumble dry low
$5.49 per 50 g /218 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Jaywalker" by Grumperina, available as a free Ravelry download at
needles: size 2 nickle plated dpns
gauge: 15 stitches and 22 rows over 2” in stockinette
yarn used: 1.44 skeins (313.9 yards)
size knit: small
finished size: bottom of heel flap to cuff: 9”;  back of heel to toe: 8”;  circumference: 8” 
duration: December 18, 2014 - October 11, 2015