Project – Basic Fine Sock
Patons Pattern Book #500861 – Next Steps Four – Socks and Slippers
Yarn – Patons Kroy Socks in Sailor Stripes
Blogger – YoElizbo
Socks always think they are done when they come off the needles and the ends are woven in, but for me, there is one more step: Reinforcing the heels.
Some people have a sharp wit, I apparently have sharp heels. I go right through hand knit socks in a matter of a few wearings if I don't take the time to reinforce the heels beforehand.
So to prevent the tragedy that is a Big-O hole from happening, my last step in any sock knitting is a quick preventative, and some might say, a not so pretty use of the extra yarn to make a second layer in my heels. But from where I sit (or rather stand) I don't see it because it is: a) mostly on the bottom of my foot and 2) I would rather have socks I can wear than admire from the confines of my sock drawer.
So if you have sharp heels, or pointy toes, or some other spot that goes from knit to non-existent, here is what to do: anchor a long piece of yarn and begin weaving in and out of the knit stitches in the heel (or the needed spot.) I do it in one direction and then another and just add what is essentially a second layer to the heel.
And when I do finally go through the reinforced heels (because I will--I always do) I have more threads there for darning, which makes the repair easier and quicker so I can continue to wear them. Because nothing is better than hand knit socks. Like these!