While I’d heard of afterthought heels, I had always been quite content with my regular heel flap heels and had no urge to try something else. But then during my frantic efforts to finish socks for Christmas, I saw this post on afterthought heels. It reminded me of how I’m doing thumbs for mittens and thought it would be fun to try. I often knit socks in meetings and sometimes I have to pay more attention to the heel than I can at work. My mother was a bit skeptical that this would actually turn out but low and behold it worked:
After knitting 6 pairs of socks with afterthought heels, here are a few things I learned that maybe should have been obvious had I thought about it:
- Don’t knit the waste yarn stitches too tight. It makes them hard to pick up.
- Dark yarn should be be avoided. See above. (I feel that way about black/navy blue yarn in general, so it probably shouldn’t be viewed as specific to this technique).
- You don’t need to slip the stitches back when you’re knitting on double points. Just start knitting.
- When you’ve finished the toe, you aren’t done. There is still a heel to knit. This is especially critical when estimating knitting time before a deadline.
At the end of the day, I think I’ll be using this heel frequently, especially when knitting in situations when I
have to am supposed to be paying attention. I’m wondering what your go-to heel is and if you’d ever switch?