Danish sock pattern : heel turn

I am following a free sock pattern using Hjertegarn Blend Bamboo yarn. I havecompleted the heel flap with 30 stitches on my needle. The pattern says the following (NB vr vrang - wrong side):

Next needle is from the right side, which you knit in short rows, like this:

20 (20) 22 (22) 23 (24) K, 1 o-dec. (=SL1 KW, K1, lead the loose stitch over) K1, turn

SL1 PW, 10 (10) 10 (10) 11 (12) vr, P2tog, P1, turn

SL1 KW, 11 (11) 11 (11) 12 (13) K, 1 o-dec, K1, turn

SL1 PW, 12 (12) 12 (12) 13 (14) vr, P2tog, P1, turn
Continue like this until you have knitted all stitches. You have now reduced the number of stitches.

Why does the heel come out assymetrically and how many stitches should I finish with?!

The pattern seems very brief!
It would be great if someone could help me!

Welcome to the forum!

Which size are you making, 2nd, 3rd?

Sorry I to say, I’m starting with 22 stitches, which is the third size out of the six.

I don’t understand the asymmetry either. Usually these heel turns occur with approximately the same number of sts on each side which then become integrated into the heel with each decrease.

I’m assuming that you start with half the cast on sts for the heel. You could shift the numbers and knit 20, decrease, k1, turn and purl back to 10sts remaining on the left needle, decrease, p1, turn and so on.

But let’s see what some experienced sock knitters recommend.

What do the next rounds say? I’ve been working only toe-up with only Fleegle heel for quite a while. With it, there are three extra stitches on the needle and you decrease in the two rounds following the heel (the next two rounds that go all the way around the sock). In one round you decrease two stitches and decrease by one stitch in the other round. Sometimes I have trouble wrapping my brain around how many stitches I should have after any short row. I think most people don’t worry too much about it and adjust (aka fudge) to get it to the needed count.


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I’d suggest finding another pattern for a plain 60 stitch sock with a heel flap.

Just looking at the pattern, I can see that it hasn’t been translated carefully, so I’d give it a miss.

Socks are very similar so changing to another pattern won’t matter. The only distinctive thing in this one is the ribbed heel.

If you can’t find one, I can rewrite the heel instructions for you.

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Many thanks! I did a bit of working out and knitted across 19 instead of 22 stitches on the first row and that seems to have worked!

I would agree something got lost in translation!!



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Thank you. I think something must have got lost in translation and I have knitted 19 across the first row instead of 22! It seems to have worked!