I think one of the things which puts people off knitting socks is turning the heel. How on earth do you get the shaping you need for a heel to fit snuggly in a sock? It's quite clever actually, and isn't nearly as scary in practice as a novice may think. However, you do have to pick up stitches and that's something which quite a few people aren't so keen on. I don't mind picking stitches up actually, but when I heard about the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, a heel construction which doesn't require any stitches to be picked up at all, I thought I'd give it a go.
The Fish Lips Kiss Heel is a paid for pattern on Ravelry, but I think it's only $1.20, a nominal amount. I have to say that I was flabbergasted when I downloaded the pattern and printed it out, it consists of sixteen pages. SIXTEEN PAGES, yes you read that right, and that's not a sock pattern, that's just the heel pattern. I started to read through it but just found it totally overwhelming so it was put to one side, along with the Lavender Socks I'd started knitting in order to try out this heel pattern.
It was while I was watching Bumble Stitches podcast and discovered that Nicola was going to be hosting a Try Something New Knit Along, where you have a go at a technique that's new to you, that I thought the Fish Lips Kiss Heel would be something I could join in with, so I got out my hibernating project and gave it a go.
I made sure that I had plenty of time on my own when I picked the pattern up again so that I could read it and digest it. In actual fact, it contains a lot of information but you only really need three of those sixteen pages in order to create the heel.
Once I'd sifted through the pattern finding the relevant parts, I had the first heel knit up in no time at all. It's a very easy pattern to follow but I'd say it would be helpful if you knew how to knit an ordinary heel flap and gusset heel first so that you understand the construction of a heel before giving this a go.
My Lavender Socks (named as the yarn's name is Lavender Print) have turned out well, I even managed to match them up perfectly. I knit these using Drops Fabel, a yarn I haven't used before. It's well priced and although it isn't as soft as some of the other yarns I've used, it isn't too scratchy. I think it's a good budget priced yarn.
I like the fit of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and I'm sure I'll use the pattern again in the future.
These socks were going to be for me but as is often the case, I've found a more worthy cause. You may remember that I gifted a pair of socks a couple of years ago for the Yarndale Sock Line and it's just recently that Christine from Winwick Mum blog has written her Yarndale Sock Line 2017 post asking for hand knitted or hand crocheted socks, once again, to display at Yarndale before being gifted to people in need.
I've printed off a label from Christine's blog and these socks will be winging their way over to Skipton very soon. I hope that they'll bring some much needed comfort to someone less fortunate than myself. If you fancy joining in, you can find all the information on Christine's Yarndale Sock Line 2017 post.