I’m knitting a pair of baby socks, and I figured this pair might good to test a short-row heel because of the relatively small number of stitches. I’ve attempted short-row heels before, with not much success- ended up getting holes along the miter line each time I tried it.
This time around, I used the following tutorial:
Seemed a little more intuitive and easier to work than some of the other tutorials I’ve seen. And, to my surprise, the short-row heel itself came out pretty well, with no holes. But…
I’m getting big gaps between the needles that separate my heel stitches from my instep stitches, which are idle during the heel-knitting process. The gaps are BIG, and I can’t firm them up without picking up stitches in the gaps.
Doesn’t picking up stitches between the gaps (consequently requiring gusset decreases back down to the original number of stitches) basically defeat the purpose of the short-row heel? I have a feeling that the short-row heel and decreases for the gaps are going to look really strange.
Any tips on not having those gaps between needles once the heel itself is finished? I used to have some problems with this while doing standard flap heels, but it wasn’t a problem because I needed to perform gusset decreases anyway.
Hope this question is clear…any insights? Thanks!