The Easiest Way to do a Short Row HeelMay 28, 2007 at 9:18 pm | Posted in General Knitting | 95 Comments
I saw this method on some pattern somewhere, but I have since forgotten where. I don’t take credit for this Method of Short Rows,
So I was teaching my mom the way I do short row heels, and we both agreed that we have no idea why everyone doesn’t do them this way. In my opinion, it’s the fastest, easiest, and best looking way to do a short row heel. There is no wrapping or anything like that. So here’s a tutorial for ya’ll:
Start off with your heel stitches on one needle (I just cast on for the purpose of the tutorial, but these would be the heel stitches of your sock):
Slip the first stitch, knit to one before the end:
Turn, slip the first stitch, purl to one before the end:
Turn, slip the first stitch, knit to 2 before the end:
Turn, slip the first stictch, purl to two before the end:
Keep Going like this, turning, slipping the first stitch, and knitting to 3 before the end, than 4, than 5, and so on and so forth, each time you’ll be leaving a stitch behind and havin less and less stitches to knit. Keep going until you’ve got however many stitches you want to stop at (I did 6 or so, but a standard sock might be 10 or 12, whatever you want, really.)
(Click on the picture to see it better, to see the writing)
Ok, so.. You should be ready to do a knit row. Slip the first stitch, knit to one stitch before the gap:
Slip the stitch before the gap onto the right hand needle, pick up the bar running between the gap and put it on the right hand needle:
Knit the slipped stitch and the picked up bar together:
And thats how you close a gap on the right side. Now turn, slip the first stitch, and purl to one stitch before the gap:
Slip the stitch before the gap, pick up the bar running between the gap, and put it on the right hand needle:
Purl the slipped stitch and the picked-up bar together:
And that’s how you close the gap on the purl side. Here are videos to help you out.
Keep going like that, Turning, slipping the first stich, knitting to the stitch before the gap, slipping it, picking up the bar, and knitting them together, until you’ve closed all the gaps.
And you’ve finished your heel! Mine ended up a little pointy, but you get the idea. Here’s how it looks on the side:
And here’s how it looks knit on a real sock:
Viola! The easiest way to knit a short row heel. Any questions?