21 November 2011

miss autumn's stocking...the heel


the heel...

Miss Autumn's new Christmas stocking now measures approximately 20".  It has 14 stripes of 10 rounds each.  I have ended the body of the stocking with a white stripe and have just turned the heel...

The heel was worked on half of the body stitches...in this case, 24 stitches.  These stitches were knit back and forth on the circular needle.  I placed the final 12 stitches from the last round of white back onto the left needle and picked up the red.  Then I knit the next 24 stitches, back and forth, in stockinette stitch, slipping the first stitch of each knit row knit-wise, with yarn in back, and each purl row purl-wise, with yarn in front. I knit 20 rows, ending on a purl side.  

Shaping (turning) the heel is easy...I wanted 8 heel stitches, so I knit to the middle of my 24 stitches, then three stitches beyond (15 stitches), and I decreased one stitch by slip, slip, knit or ssk  (in other words, k15, ssk)  The work was then turned and I slipped one stitch, purl-wise, purled 6 stitches, purled two together (p2tog), and turned my work again.  I continued in this way, always slipping the first stitch, then working 6 stitches, then decreasing with a ssk on the knit side, or p2tog on the purl side, until 8 red heel stitches were left on my needle (as pictured above).

Now I am off to finish the foot of the stocking...more tomorrow!

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