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Friday, December 01, 2006

It can't be that hard!

What am I talking about? Why it's 'Short Row Heels'! AGAIN. There's something that I'm just not getting. I'm getting closer, but success eludes me. Below is a baby sock I attempted, complete with holes on both sides of the heel. Next to it is just short row heel practice with one big on only one side.


How am I supposed to fix something if I don't know created the problem in the first place.


two steps forward, one step back, right?

I'll try again tomorrow. 


  • At 12:23 PM, Dee said…

    I've had the same problem. I tried many fixes to varing degrees of satisfaction.

    The one that has worked best so far is to take a separate piece of yarn when you are done and carefully stitch the hole closed.

    You can see the result on my blog today. Usually I try picking up extra stitches or pick up a stitch in the row below. Sometimes it looks "okay", but the sewn area looks nice. You can't even notice it was sewn. Hope it works for you too.

  • At 11:52 PM, ronni said…

    Hi. I'm a passionate knitter and just couldn't get the short row heels right. I was known as the frogging queen by all my socknitter friends. Visit the website at the top of this post and scroll all the way down until you come to wendy johnson's short row heel technique. she has the best looking heel, best feeling heel and the easiest short row heel you will ever do. I finally got it and my heels are superb and you'll get it too.

  • At 3:03 AM, Anonymous said…

    Short rows kill me too. Which method are you trying?

  • At 7:35 AM, Beth said…

    I haven't been able to get short row heels either. I've been knitting socks for years but the short row heel eludes me. I finished the short row heel on my last sock but I'm not really happy with the way it looks - in my opinion, rather sloppy.

    I'm going to need a real live person who knows how to do short row heels to sit with me and tell me what I'm doing wrong. Then I can help save all the other short row heel failures.

    Hang in there.


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