I’m having a wee touch of trouble with my “Simple Sock in Three Sizes” pattern from “Socks Soar…” If we’ve got any veterans for this pattern (and it seems certain we do), I wouldn’t mind a touch of insight.
I’ve done a sock on dpns before with no problem, although in the section that’s troubling me, the type of needle hardly matters… Anyway, on the heel flap, Cat seems to want me to knit in “heel stitch” (although she doesn’t call it that)…
My problem is this:
On Row 1, Cat says to: Sl 1 as to p, *(k1, sl 1 as to k) repeat from *, end k1.
On Row 2, she asks me to sl 1 as to p, p across, end k1.
Seems simple. Problem is this. When I purl a “sl 1 as to k” it’s twisted. In the event that I have lost my mind, I even grabbed up a newbie book and double checked to make sure I wasn’t inserting, wrapping, or slipping in the wrong direction. Nope. I wasn’t. That I could perceive.
In other places, directions for heel stitch say to sl as to p on Row 1. This works like a dream for me. No twisties, still get my nice ridge-y heel stitch…
But as I flip through the book, Cat recommends sl as to k throughout for heel flaps. Cat is smarter than I am. She is a better knitter than I am. I know this. This is why despite the fact that I’ve got some nice “heel stitch” going, I want to know why I can’t make Cat’s heel come out correctly. Or what I think is “correctly.”
Sooooo… Multiple choice:
A) I am making some weird error somewhere. When others do it Cat’s way, they have no twisted stitches. I should practice on a swatch for my own good until I get the desired result doing it her way.
B) Cat wants you to have every other stitch twisted that way for some mystical heel-strength reason.
C) I should always p "sl as to k"s by wrapping the yarn counter-normally so as to avoid twists, but Cat assumed I knew that and didn’t mention it??
D) Cat’s directions are wrong but there’s no mention of this in her errata anywhere meaning I am the first knitter in history to find it (no, I am not seriously suggesting this could be the case, for the record.)