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January 10, 2006

Afterthoughts on the Garter Stitch Heel

Someone (which blogger had this idea in the first place?) started going back and giving thoughts on projects after she'd worn them and used them for a while. It's an awesome idea and I have several in mind.

Since I'm wearing my Jaywalkers today (summary post is here) it seemed fitting that I talk about them.

In general I still love them. The yarn (Tess Super Sock) machine washes and dries perfectly. I do turn them inside out (no different than how I wash most T shirts and washable sweaters) so the RS doesn't get too beaten up during laundering.

The big change I made to the pattern was using a garter stitch heel. I still think the heel is great. It's cushy and form-fitting.


As long as I'm wearing mules. When I have shoes with a back the heel stretches and poofs out of the top.

After walking around for a couple minutes things seem to settle in place and relax and the heel looks normal, so it's definitely something I can live with. I think this problem is caused by the fact that I made this heel deeper than I usually do. This combined with the stretchiness of garter stitch makes for a growing heel.

Next time I'm going to try making the foot a couple rows shorter -- probably about a half inch. I am still very happy with the shape of the deeper heel so I don't want to make it shorter.

To sum it up -- I like the heel, it just needs a little tweaking so it's perfect.

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My heels always seem to do that. I have yet made a sock that fits PERFECT. I've come close but haven't yet reached perfection. Guess I just have to keep on knittin'

Posted by: Kate | Jan 10, 2006 1:22:50 PM

i love these posts on old projects - thanks for the sock update! i really love your garter heel and will definitely try that for my next jaywalkers, which i am planning to do toe-up.

Posted by: kris | Jan 10, 2006 3:21:11 PM

I first read about revisiting knits on Purly Whites' blog - then I started doing it too. Very important I think.

Thanks for the notes on the garter stitch heel. It is so good to hear that the Tess yarn holds up well. I love that stuff!

Posted by: Lolly | Jan 10, 2006 3:22:04 PM

Thanks for the project notes! Those Jaywalkers turned out great, too.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 10, 2006 3:24:53 PM

Hey! It was totally me who started this and I am thrilled that it is becoming so widely known that you can't remember who started it. Awesome.

Posted by: Purly Whites | Jan 10, 2006 5:58:06 PM

That colorway is beautiful, and it's actually a very cool photo (nice shoe!). I just started Jaywalkers and am waiting to see those zigzags start to show up.

Posted by: Amy | Jan 10, 2006 6:20:41 PM

Miss Purly always amuses, no? Hehe. :-)

We must thank her and I must revisit MY knits as well.

I love your Jaywalkers. I have some Vesper all set aside for a pair. I was waiting until I finish some gift socks, but I don't think I can take it anymore. You people are killing me!

Posted by: paula | Jan 10, 2006 11:10:06 PM

These sorts of posts are often the most helpful, for the poster and readers alike. A bit of reflection goes a long way! I love the colorway of these socks and will have to give Tess Super Sock a try one of these days.

Posted by: Karma | Jan 11, 2006 1:27:29 AM

In retrospect it is very important to revisit items that we've knitted. One pair of my husband's socks have started to look extremely worn. They are what he wears around the house, so its no big deal, but good to note. They were knit with Encore.

Nice colors on those socks, too.

Posted by: Latoya | Jan 11, 2006 9:11:28 AM

I should try the tess yarn sometime. I'm always afraid of throwint my handmade socks in the washer.

Posted by: Pioggia | Jan 11, 2006 10:09:52 PM

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