Well I started another sock for my old pop whose feet get terribly cold and has no adequate socks (they're baggy round the ankle, he has not just skinny ankles but actual Nicole Richie ankles on a good-sized man, I'm talking foot 25 cm around ankle 21 cm, socks' legs too short, cuff cuts into his calf, not warm at all... what's a self-respecting knitter to do besides BUY 20 BALLS OF GORGEOUS SOFT CUSHY PURE MERINO and knit him some. True love guys, when you knit someone so many socks that you no longer count the pairs but measure them by the kilo, he will soon receive about 1.2 kilos of socks since he raved about the first pair.).
I decided to make these ones cuff down, did an amazing thick cushy heel flap, turned it, picked up, did the gusset decreases, and a few inches later, tried it on. The thick heel flap went on the back of heel, the sole had no reinforcement. I tried the sock on the other way, with heel flap on sole (cast-on cuff end hanging off my toe) and it fits just as well. I want to unravel 35 cm of sock and do one in the same order but start off with the toe.
My question is why are heel flaps always done so that the flap ends up on the back of the heel? Presumably there's a reason and it's impractical for some reason? Yet I can't see why, in fact trying it on upside down put the reinforced heel flap under the heel where it will get the most wear right? Can someone tell me why the heel flap is never put under the heel?
If it's because the highest point of wear is on the back of the heel after all because of rubbing against the back of the shoe it won't matter, these will be bed socks/house socks, so my plan will be a vast improvement.
But if there's a good reason that hasn't occurred to me... I may need to rethink.
By the way, I love the flap, I did it like this: every wrong side row slip one, purl across. 1st row (RS) slip one pwise, slip one knitwise, knit one knit one, 3rd row slip 1 purlwise k1, slip 1 kwise knit one. A 4-row repeat. Basically an eye of partridge I think with kwise slips replacing most of the pwise ones? Ingrid, I take back what I said the other day about slipping sock stitches pwise, I think this way rocks. I got such a thick heel! Recommend it to anyone.
Any ideas on pros and cons of doing it the way I propose, or the reason it's never done this way?