'eye of partridge' heel question

love2knitMarch 28, 2009

This is my third pair of socks, first time using "eye of partridge" heel flap. That went fine, I turned the heel, and now picking up stitches for the gusset, on one side there just aren't enough stitches to pick up! The other side is fine - the right number of stitches can easily be picked up.

What went wrong? This didn't happen before. Please don't tell me I have to rip it out? (sobs)

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donna_loomis

Well, how many stitches are you off? If it's only 1 or 2, I say don't sweat it and just pick up a couple extra or knit 2 together a couple of times on the other side.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 6:28PM
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love2knit

Nope, there are about half as many slipped stitches on one side.

I think what happened is that with the eye of partridge stitch pattern I was using, every other knit row ends with a slipped stitch, and since all rows start with a slipped stitch, that side has a longer stitch. Does that make sense? I wish I could take a picture.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 8:13PM
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donna_loomis

I understand what you are saying, and maybe there is more than one way to make an eye of partridge heel, but a quick search brought up this "pattern" for the heel and it doesn't have any rows that end with a slipped stitch. All rows do start with a slipped stitch, though, and that should keep the number of stitches on each side consistent. If I were you, I would tink or rip back and begin the heel again.

Here is a link that might be useful: eye of partridge heel

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 11:23PM
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sandra_ferguson

Thanks for the site, Donna....I LOVE the way those heel flaps look. I'm sure goinna use this on my next pair of socks.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 1:41PM
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love2knit

You know the saying, "when all else fails, read the directions?" Well, I RE-read the directions and what I had missed the first time was that row 3 ends with K2!!!!! So my socks are ripped back to the beginning of the heel flaps and I'll start again, sadder but wiser.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 1:52PM
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