So, I spent the weekend knitting the beautiful Chevron Lace pattern for a sock. Gorgeous. Hurrah, the hard part is over, I think. UGH! Please look at the pattern if you don’t already know it.

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/sockschevron.htm

I ran into trouble.

Advancing to the heel flap:

a) She says to place the stitches from needles 4 and 1 onto one needle. I assumed she meant me to knit the stitches from 1 onto the #4 needle, since to place them would mean the working yarn would be in the middle of the needle. Do you think that’s right?

b) If you work the heel flap, as she says, starting with a P row and going for a total of 16 rows, you will end with a K row. She says to begin turning the heel with a right side row. Do I just do another P row to get to a right side, or am I supposed to be knitting on wrong side, here?

c) I did the gusset so the decreases would make sense, with the SSK being at 3 from the END of needle 1 and the K2TOG near the beginning of needle 4, keeping in mind the slant of the stitches. This meant I was working the sock BACKWARD and instead of a lovely, smooth stockinette I was rewarded with a lumpy inside-out looking reverse stockinette.

I’ve been knitting since May, and I’m no expert, but I’ve done a number of socks and this has me flummoxed. Is there a basic rule about how to turn a heel — some magical mathematical formula so I can make a Frankenstein sock (their leg, my foot) no matter how many stitches I’m working with on the heel flap?

In despair I ripped the sock all the way back and am starting anew. I didn’t cry, which is a sign of my slow maturation, but I did complain to my husband about it in bed for about 15 minutes at 1 in the morning. The children are walking about in a proper state of mourning.

Thank you for any help/advice you can offer!

Carol