So I’m knitting my first pair of socks, and I had hoped that when I got to the heel it would just make sense. Well, it doesn’t now that I’m actively knitting and was hoping someone can help.
My pattern has 48 stitches divided on 3 needles (12, 24, and 12). You work the stitches in K2P2 ribbing for the calf before getting to the heel. This is where it all goes horribly wrong.
“Work in established pattern across the 12 sts of needle #1. Sl the sts just worked on needle #1 onto needle #3 so that sts are divided in half onto two DP needles - 24 sts on each needle. You will now work only the combined sts of needles #1 and #3 (the heel flap sts) while the instep sts (needle #2) are left on hold.
Work the heel flap as follows: Turn Work.
Row 1: Sl 1, P across row. Turn work.
Row 2: *Sl 1, K1, repeat from * across row, slipping every other st.
Repeat these 2 rows until heel flap measures 2.5”, end having just finished row 2."
So does this mean I’m turning the work at the end of row one, doubling back across, and at the end of row 2 connecting them? My row 1 is the WS, so I knit back across that, but when I get to the end of the second row I can’t imagine I wouldn’t turn the work and that I’d join this in the round. It would seem that I’m turning and knitting back across unless I don’t understand this correctly?
The knitting then goes on to say "Turn the heel: Continue working on the heel flap sts as follows:
Row 1: Sl 1, P12, P2 together, P1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, K3, SSK, K1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, P4, P2 together, P1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, K5, SSK, K1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, P6, P2 together, P1, turn.
Continue in this manner, slipping the first st of ever row, working to 1 st before the “gap,” working 2 sts together over the gap (SSK on K rows, P2 together on P rows), working one more st before turning work for the next row, until all sts on the outside of the gap have been worked. End having just finished K row. 14 sts left on needle."
This just seems so confusing to me!