Whilst designing my sock for the upcoming Solid Sock Club (sign-ups close this Thursday, by the way!), I experimented with different fabric textures for the flap of my sock heel. I thought I’d document the process here, (the swatch gnomes often visit my house, despite my best intentions they often go missing for months at a time…). I think it’s interesting to see the different fabrics side-by-side.
← 1. Ktbl/sl st paired with k/sl st
(gives a double knit fabric so pulls in a lot – thick but not stretchy, feels bumpy)
← 2. Sl st/ktbl paired with garter stitch
(thick, stretchy and feels flat – a winner!)
← 3. Ktbl/sl st paired with st st
(thin fabric, stretchy – nice but no cigar this time)
← 4. Twisted Eye of Partridge
(fairly thin fabric, but thicker than above, stretchy)
← 5. Sl st/k with st st
(almost as thick as above, not as stretchy but possibly slightly thicker than it’s twisted counterpart)
← 6. Bog Standard Eye of Partridge
(stretchy, again possibly slightly thicker than it’s twisted counterpart)
Do you use any special fabric for your sock heels? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Do you use it because it wears better, or is simply more interesting to knit that Eye of Partridge?