March 26th, 2017

The Librarian

The Turning of the Heel

Turning sock heels never fails to be a magical thing. You knit an ordinary tube for a while, then suddenly start adding stitches to one side for a while, then after a bit you decrease them away again. The result is an odd protrusion that doesn't look like it should fit any part of the human anatomy.

And then you pull it onto your foot and not only does it mold itself perfectly around your heel (provided you did it correctly) but the front half of the sock now curves itself over the upper part of the arch of your foot (as opposed to stretching itself over). Definitely magic!

One of the major differences between a buy-in-a-store machine-made sock and a handknitted one is that the machine-made sock can be laid out perfectly flat and a handknitted one usually can't (the exception being those that are handknitted with a short-row heel, which is the same and only type of heel that a machine can make). Now look at the definitely-not-two-dimensional shape of your foot and consider which type of sock is most likely to be the better fit.

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