Green Stripey Socks with an Afterthought HeelApril 27, 2011
When I got this great yarn at Rae’s, I wanted to get going on some socks. This is just a plain, stockinette sock using the technique I learned at Rae’s to knit socks without a pattern, toe-up. I decided to knit the leg in plain stockinette because I just wanted the self striping yarn to show without any texture.
Barbara, who teaches that sock class at Rae’s, really prefers an afterthought heel, placing waste yarn as you knit, which is easily picked out later for the heel. Having done socks with both a gusset/heel flap and the afterthought technique, I’ve come to prefer the afterthought heel, too. It’s by far the simplest method, requiring no pattern or keeping track of short rows and Barbara feels it’s the most comfortable to wear.
Another bonus with an afterthought heel – you basically knit a whole tube for the sock, from toe to cuff, and so it doesn’t interrupt your self striping yarn or any other pattern that you’re doing.
I also did a Russian bind-off for the cuff, which I really liked using this method (love this lady’s accent). I had tried the Russian bind-off in Wendy Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up, and did not like that version at all.