Thursday Sock-a-long: Afterthought Heels

Thursday Sock-a-long: Afterthought Heels

Hi friends, and happy Thursday from Kapiti Coast! My Marigoldjen Socks are just a smidge (and by smidge, I mean one row of kitchener stitch) away from being done. ¬†Over the weekend,¬†I put afterthought heels in them and took some pictures of the process, which I thought I’d share with you. ¬†This is by no mean a full tutorial, but it’ll give you some sense of how easy they are to work if you’re thinking about trying them¬†out!

The last few pairs of socks I’ve knit, I’ve done afterthought heels. ¬†I started doing them because I wanted to knit socks two at a time, and I thought it’d be easier to not have to worry about how to work two¬†heels at the same time.¬† I think they’re great for a couple of reasons:

  • Versatility: you work them the same way regardless of whether your sock has been knit toe-up or top-down.
  • Portability: afterthought heels are great if you’re¬†knitting your socks on the go, because you just knit a tube with a toe, and insert the heel after the fact!
  • Ease: there’s no picking up gusset stitches! (or turning of heels, or short rows, or, did I mention¬†you don’t have to pick up gusset stitches!)¬† You just decrease stitches in the exact same way you do for the toe of a top-down sock.
  • Aesthetics: If you’re working in a self-striping or other self-patterning yarn, your heel won’t interrupt the yarn sequencing on the front of foot.
  • Wear: if you¬†tend to wear holes in your heels, afterthought heels are suuuuper easy to replace.

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