Sock people -- turning a heel

I have turned many heels :lol: , but I just don’t get how the number of stitches you will purl or knit before turning is determined :thinking: . Because I am sort of ‘designing’ a sock, I’d like to know how this all works. I can use the directions from a different sock pattern as a starting point, or use this nifty sock chart, but I’d like to actually understand how that part of a sock pattern is determined.

Any insights???

You purl to 2 stitches beyond center. If there are 12 sts for the heel, you’ll purl 8 before purling 2 tog, etc. If there are 24, purl 14. If there are 100, purl 52. Easy, huh? And I bet you thought it was some complicated math formula. :mrgreen:

Thanks Silver. :thumbsup: So what about when you turn it back around and do the right side? How do you know how many stitches to knit before ssk and turning back around?

Ooooh, oooh, oooh, it just clicked!!! :cheering: I got out my good ole’ pen and paper and figured it out. Not complicated at all!

You knit 5 after the first turn. Always. :slight_smile:

Thanks a bunch! :sunny: