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Mama Cat Posted - 02/12/2007 : 05:20:42 AM
I've been meaning to try Fleegle's toe-up sock pattern, and finally did her heel last night.

This is the best, easiest, nicest-fitting heel out there, bar none. It is one of those simple-but-elegant, easy-to-memorize kinds of patterns, and it comes out looking very nice. I think having done it once, I probably won't need to refer to the instructions again. There is no wrapping, no picking up stitches, no weird contortions to prevent gaps. It just works, simply and well.

I don't know if our fleegle developed this herself (if so, she is a genius) or found it somewhere (if so, she shows remarkable good judgment in continuing to use it). Regardless of where it came from, I will always think of this as "fleegle's heel." And it will be my heel of choice from now on.

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azblueskies Posted - 05/05/2014 : 07:16:13 AM
I try other heels but keep returning to the Fleegle Heel. Having said that, though, I haven't tried the Fish Lips Kiss yet. I'll use that on my next pair.

Reminder to myself: PROVISIONAL cast on for EVERYTHING except toe-up socks.
Janettoo Posted - 05/03/2014 : 9:00:13 PM
I've tried both the Fleegle Heel and the Fish-Kiss. I have a very high instep and even heels that are supposed to be good "even for high insteps" aren't. Fleegle Heel works well for me. Fish-Kiss was a bit tight on the first sock so I added a gusset of a few stitches to its mate, and the second sock is more comfortable. The first sock, without a bit of a gusset, is still wearable, however.

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kkknitter Posted - 04/30/2014 : 09:38:39 AM
Yes, I just finished a pair of socks that I designed myself where I used this heel. The designer suggested to add one inch of plain knitting after the heel is done, but I added one and a half inches to make sure that my heel fitted without pulling. That worked. Check my Flickr page for a picture of my socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. It's the champagne colored sock.



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ikkivan Posted - 04/30/2014 : 07:12:02 AM
Kristina, have you made this heel? I enjoy trying new heels, too ... does this work for high insteps where the heel must be deeper than "average?"

Thanks for the link! I think I will get that e-book.

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kkknitter Posted - 04/30/2014 : 03:39:34 AM
Barb, you might also want to try "Fish Lips Kiss Heel" on your next pair of socks. I constantly try new ways of making sock heels.

schoolmama Posted - 04/29/2014 : 5:21:34 PM
I have just been reading the posts about the fleegle heel, which I never heard of! I have been a member here since the beginning, but not posting for a while. I may have to try this sometime soon, as I love to knit socks. We can always learn new tricks. Barb

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AngieSue Posted - 01/03/2009 : 3:04:22 PM
I've used Fleegle's heel for 2 pairs of socks and it is wonderful! Nice fit, no holes, and the instructions are clearly written. For toe-up socks, this will be my go-to-heel.

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Suzann Posted - 01/01/2009 : 8:07:40 PM
There is only one Fleegle! Your short row heel is pure genius.
I needed to do some socks for afghans for Afghans quickly. I have never mastered short row heels that were hole free. I went cuff down, that is one amazing heel. No holes. I held it up to the light to be sure. Holey socks aren't any good in Afghanistan. They came out perfect and much faster then the heel flap way.
Thank you so much for a formula that works. And if it worked for me it will work for anyone.
I printed out the directions and keep them in my sock pattern note book.
I will probably keep making heel flap socks for my daughter, as they fit her foot best. But I am going to try the short row heel for me.
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MelaGal Posted - 01/01/2009 : 12:17:02 PM
I'm so delighted to have found the link to the best ever toe up sock pattern!! LOVE it and love the fit. I do believe I will rib the gusset section of the sock on my next pair. However it is the easiest method of turning a heal I've seen for either toe up or top down socks. I just have never been happy with the other methods of short row heals for toe up socks. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern Fleegle!!
infinity Posted - 02/22/2007 : 09:42:48 AM
I am a new sock knitter and I cannot wait to try this method! The short row boggles my mind...

~ every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around...
fleegle Posted - 02/13/2007 : 2:23:54 PM

Here's one

and another

and one in progress: (finished now)(scroll down)

Don't forget that the uppie part is your choice.

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sanity101 Posted - 02/13/2007 : 2:18:20 PM
Is there a picture somewhere of what it looks like completed? I'm feeling too lazy to think through the directions and visualize. I always have trouble understanding how toes and heels turn anyway - I just knit them on faith and am surprised every time.

Bethany Posted - 02/13/2007 : 11:53:16 AM
Originally posted by fleegle

Bethany--It doesn't matter. 8 or 10 is fine. Trust me. The difference will be unnoticeable. Pick one. Toss a coin. Ah, go with 8, what the heck.

Since I'm having some gauge issues with my current sock, I'm relieved to hear that.

I think I'm relaxing now but when I first joined the halves up to start working in the round I was apparently REALLY tense...
fleegle Posted - 02/13/2007 : 11:24:56 AM
Bethany--It doesn't matter. 8 or 10 is fine. Trust me. The difference will be unnoticeable. Pick one. Toss a coin. Ah, go with 8, what the heck.

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esoteric_knitter Posted - 02/13/2007 : 10:09:56 AM
Fleegle, thanks soooo much for sharing this info especially with creating the chart so I don't have to do more math. lol
Bethany Posted - 02/13/2007 : 09:24:49 AM
Originally posted by fleegle

For a woman, I would suggest casting on 10 stitches.

At around 8 stitches per inch?

Sorry, like I said, beginning sock knitter.

If I survive my first pair of socks I'll have to give this a try. Right now anything that doesn't involve short rows sounds appealing.

kentuckyprrlgrrl Posted - 02/13/2007 : 08:26:32 AM
Fleegle - YOU ROCK!!!!!

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ceecee Posted - 02/13/2007 : 05:46:59 AM
Originally posted by fleegle
I spent a week making these little heels in a test strip and it looked like a hundred little noses poking out of this strange striped length of knitting (I used up some scraps).

LOL! There's something about sock knitting that brings out the inner geek in us. I have a collection of sock heels too, made from left over sock yarn. It's a neverending quest to find the perfect heel, easy to memorize and knit, fits well and looks good to boot. Thanks for generously posting your version.
phlame Posted - 02/12/2007 : 3:41:23 PM
I guess I am the world's laziest knitter.

Thank heavens! Otherwise we'd be doing it some complicated way!


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fleegle Posted - 02/12/2007 : 2:13:25 PM
For a woman, I would suggest casting on 10 stitches. Increase to fit your foot as I decribe. I cast on 12 for my husband's size 12, but I use 10 for my size 5 foot. It actually doesn't matter a whole lot, because those stitches end up along the first three toes. This is one where you really just need to plunge in, cast on your stitches, and make a toe. Try it on. Then continue.

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