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Heel Turn

To find the number of stitches for the heel turn divide the number of heel flap stitches by 2. The equation looks like this: _______ heel flap stitches divided by 2 = __________ number of stitches in the heel turn. The first decrease of the heel turn begins 2 stitches past the center of the heel. For example, I have 28 heel flap stitches. Divided by 2 that gives me 14 stitches and I am at the center of the heel. I then add 2 stitches to the 14 for 16 sts. This means I knit 16 stitches before beginning the first heel turn decrease by making an ssk, k1, turn work.

The next row is a WS row and worked thus: Slip 1 purlwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn work. The purl 5 is a fairly standard number for a heel. The ssk in the previous row and the purl 5 in this row set up the heel cup. The number can be changed, but when doing so be sure the number of stitches on each side of the heel cup are equal.

The next RS row is worked by slipping 1 purlwise, knitting to 1 stitch before the gap made on the previous row, performing an ssk, knitting 1 and then turning the work.

On the WS row, slip the first stitch purlwise, purl to 1 stitch before the gap from the previous row, p2tog, p1, then turn work.

Repeat the last two rows until half the number of heel stitches you began with remain. For example, I began with 28. At the end of the heel turn I should have 14 stitches remaining.

Heel Turn When You’ve Added Stitches for a High Arch

Omit the added stitches from the equation for the heel turn. Work the equation as is with the original stitch number. The two or four extra stitches remain outside the working heel turn area. They will be decreased early in the gusset work.

Other Advice for High Arches

While I have not worked nor read the Arch-Shaped Stockings pattern by Meg Swanson it presents an entirely different way of dealing with high arches and sock construction. If your arch is very high, it may help you get to a better way of constructing socks that fit. For the sake of transparency, I do not know Ms. Swanson, nor am I employed by her. The suggestion to look at her pattern is just that, a suggestion.

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