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short row heels on toe up socks

I make socks, toe up, circular needles, both socks at once. I use the short row heel and like this method. However, after awhile, the heels begin to get thin and show wear. Does anybody have an answer as to how I can either repair these ( without them looking repaired) or reinforce while using this method. Years ago I used to knit socks from the top down and had a slip stitch type of heel but I don't know exactly how this would work on these socks, and am not sure exactly how I did them.

Knitty yours, Emmaj

If you've got a small thin spot, you can reinforce the area using duplicate stitch aka Swiss Darning. You can find instructions on how to do duplicate stitch at www.knittinghelp.com

If y ou want to replace the entire heel, the nice thing about short row heels i that you can replace them with "after thought" heels and they blend in well.

To replace the entire heel, run either a finer needle or sew a life line through the stitches you used to start and finish the short row heel so that you are going all around the heel. Then carefully clip one or two stitches of your worn out heel and pick-out the old heel. Then pick-up stitches all the way around your old heel and then divide them up to work the heel just as you would a wedge toe. That means divide these heel stitches in half. If the stitch count is not divisible by 2, add a stitch. Now work one round of k. Then on your first half of stitches, k1, k2tog, knit until there are 3 stitches left for this half, ssk, k1. Do the same with the second half of your stitches. Work another round of knit. Repeat these two rounds -- the decrease round and the knit around until you reduce down to the number of stitches you want. After completing a decrease round graft the remaining stitches closed. This should pretty much mimic the shape and size of your original short row heel -- if you want to make it a little deeper, work more than one round of knit between the decrease rounds.

I've used this technique picking up stitches from the inside of the sock. This allowed me to create a padded heel -- the new heel on the inside and my original heel on the outside.

As to the "heel stitch" you used with a flap and gusset heel, that stitch is created by doing Sl1, k1 to the end of the flap ending with a k1. Then sl1, p to end on the next row. You could try to recreate this with a short row heel but you will need to keep track of which stitches you are slipping and which stitches you are knitting. Also, the heel stitch pulls in slightly which will make your short row heel a little more narrow and smaller.

Thanks, KT, all of the ideas are great and I will put them to good use. I thought the old heel I used to make used slip stitches, but the old memory is slipping a little--Happens when you get senior.

Knitty yours,