Hello, I'm hoping someone here can help me.
I knit my first socks recently, using The Super Simple Knitwit Sock Pattern.
My heel flap didn't seem quite right, it curved around the heel, and then the "heel turn" was actually halfway under the heel, rather than at the edge. It looked that way even before the sock was tried on.
There's a picture here of that first sock's heel: http://www.andfam.net/kimblog/blogpix/heelprobs/flapcurls.jpg
the socks overall weren't too bad, I just didn't think the heel was right.
I decided in my own little (perhaps faulty) logic that the 10 stitches picked up along the sides for the gusset were too few for the length of the 2.5" heel flap, and that was why it curved around?
So then I started a sock for my 4 year old, making it essentially the same pattern but just a little smaller ... but when I knit a 2" heel flap, I picked up more stitches along the side trying to 'fix' the problem of the curled flap on the previous socks.
But then I had SO MANY STITCHES because I'd picked up so many on each side, that the whole gusset and decreases looks fat and bloated.
You can see that sock in progress here: http://www.andfam.net/kimblog/blogpix/heelprobs/gussetbloat.jpg
I'm considering frogging back to the heel turn, but I'm not sure what to do to make the flap nice and square like other pictures seem to show, and not have a bloaty-fat gusset zone.
Any advice? Is this a common problem that I just can't track down online, or am I doing something crazy-wrong?
thanks for any advice,