I’m knitting the Garter Rib sock in Sensational Knitted Socks (page 33), using the ML. On page 34 the pattern states
"Rearrange sts to center patt over instep. Unknit last purl st of rnd and then: Move unknit purled st from needle 2 to needle 1, and at the other end 1 st from needle 1 to needle 2."
I understand how to do this, and have done it, but wonder why it is necessary. Wouldn’t the result be same if I just left the stitches where they are, as long as I used the correct number for the heel flap?