How do you knit a forethought heel?
To make a Forethought Heel, you set aside your instep stitches as normal and then cast on the same number provisional stitches, which you join with the remaining heel stitches. Then you knit in the round, decreasing every other row.
Where should afterthought heels be placed?
When I knit afterthought heels, I usually just decrease at two points on either side of the heel (in the same way you would when knitting a basic toe on a cuff down sock).
How long should the heel flap be?
Knit your heel flap for 2.5 to 3 inches, depending on the size of the foot you’re knitting it for. I shoot for about 2.75 inches for my feet, but I’ve got high arches. If you want to check out a good thread filled with a variety of sock knitters’ insights on measuring the heel flap, I recommend this one.
How do you knit a short row heel?
Row 1: Knit to 1 stitch before the end of the heel, wrap and turn. Row 2: Purl to 1 stitch before the end of the heel, wrap and turn. Row 3: Knit to 2 stitches before the end of the heel, wrap and turn. Row 4: Purl to 2 stitches before the end of the heel, wrap and turn.
When should you start afterthought heels?
The basic idea with the afterthought heel is that the heel isn’t worked until after the main part of the sock is complete. The heel is called peasant or forethought heel if you decide the heel placement while you are knitting the body of the sock and use waste yarn as a placeholder in a planned location.