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Posted - 05/24/2013 :  10:59:04 AM  Show Profile Send Marjjellaa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Making a mens sock patt."on Dpn. needles. Knit 20 stiches past the marker. Now reposition your stitches so they are on only 2 needles;the heel needle will have the stitiches you just worked plus the same number from before the marker, the remaining half of your stitches will lagter become the instep. They remain unworked for this portion of the sock"My question is I started with 80 stitches for the sock, I work the heel flat, back and forth over half the stitches. My marker is to be at the center of my heel, so if I put 40 stitches for the instep on one needle and 20 stitches on the other needle what do I do with the other 20 stitches, Could someone clear up this confusion. This is a Margaret Testa Pattern and I can't access her website to ask quesions. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted - 05/24/2013 :  12:15:07 PM  Show Profile Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Once you have made the heel flap, as you have done, you will need to turn the heel. When working a sock you have needles 1, 2, 3 and 4 with stitches on them. Now, of the 80 stitches, you will have 20 stitches, then your marker, then 20 more stitches on your heel needle. These 40 stitches are actually the stitches from needles 1 and 4, the heel flap stitches you just worked. I normally leave the other stitches on 2 needles = needles 2 and 3 which are the instep stitches. Each of those needles have 20 stitches already on them. I find it easier to manipulate my needles this way.

Turning the heel: Row 1: Slip 1, knit 22 stitches, ssk, k1, turn. Row 2: sl 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn. Row 3: sl 1, k8, ssk, k1, turn. Row 4: sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn. Continue on, increasing 1 more stitch with each row; that closes the gap from the turn. Stop when you have 24 stitches remaining on the needle. (Don't remove your marker because later you need to know where needle 1 separates from needle 4.)

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Posted - 05/24/2013 :  4:17:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sharon has answered your question well already, but you can contact Martha on Ravelry if you have questions, too. Her username is Martheme. Now I want to cast on a sock... reaching the heel flap is always so exciting!


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