Dutch heel frustration! Help!

I decided to try one of the patterns for the Mini Sock KAL. I wanted to try this one with the Dutch Heel, but it’s not working right! :wall:

[b]Heel flap:
Divide stitches in half for heel and arrange on the needles so that 10 stitches for the heel occupy a single needle. work back and forth on those 10 stitches in stockinette for 8 rows. End with ws row.

[color=red]Heel turn - it’s a dutch heel
Row 1 (right side) k6, k2tog, TURN
Row 2 P3, P2tog, TURN
Row 3 K3, K2tog, TURN[/color]

Continue to work three stitches and then decrease and work until all the the heel stitches have been incorporated. There should be four stitches left. Knit those four stitches. Arrange stitches so that the instep s titches are on a single needle and the remaining heel stitches are divided onto two needles. The round now begins and the ends win the center of the heel and the needles are 1, 2 (instep), and 3.[/b]

Where it’s red I’m having problems. I have 10 stitches on the needle and I did row 1 so now I have 9. I do row 2 and turn in the middle as instructed and that leaves 4 stitches on each needle. Row 3 is telling me to k3, k2tog which requires 5 stitches. Huh?? :?? What am I doing wrong?

I have a German instruction for the Dutch heel (I do not work this heel because I prefer the horseshoe heel). It’s a little bit different than yours and I try to translate it for you:

[i]Knit until the middle, then: K2, K2tog, K1, turn.

Slip the first stitch, P6, P2tog, P1, turn.

Slip the first stitch, K7, K2tog, K1, turn.

Continue until all the heel stitches are incorporated[/i]

I hope this did help you a little bit.

Another idea: is your missing 5. stitch perhaps a stitch from the heel flap which has to be incorporated by the decreases?

Oh my God :wall: … I know exactly what I want to explain - but I know it only in German :shrug:

Thanks Krautie. It doesn’t say to incorporate any other stitches so it just doesn’t make sense to me. I can try another heel, but I wanted to figure this out as it’s driving me nuts! :wall: :teehee:

You have 10 on the needle, right? You work across the first six, k2tog and turn. When you turn, you’re going to keep working the center 3, k2tog at the edges until all the stitches have been worked.

Make sense?

Not really because when I do row two I end up with 4 stitches on each needle. I can’t do row 3 going any direction…the count is off. :wall:

ETA: I tried it various ways with that number of stitches, but it always looks goofy so I just frogged it. I’ll be watching the Mini Sock Swap to see how others manage it. :shrug:

I just Co 10 sts, and did a few row in st st and tried this out and here’s what I got.

after I did row 1, before turning I had 2 sts on the LH needle,7 on RH
after row 2 before turning I had 2 sts on LH needle, 6 on RH
after row 3 before turning, I had 1 on LH, 6 on RH
after row 4 before turning, I had 1 on LH 5 on RH
after row 5 before turning, I had 0 needles on LH, 5 on RH
after row 6 before turning, 0 on LH, 4 on RH


:doh: Thanks for this… I figured out what I was doing wrong. I wasn’t turning at the correct point on row ONE which screwed up the entire thing. I think. Anyhoo…thanks so much! :heart: