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On to the heels!
But first, a request for some advice. Since I was absolutely unsuccessful in my search for matching pink reinforcement thread (unless I want to resort to using elastic), the heels and toes will be composed solely of Dale Baby Ull as the rest of the sock. So, asks the worry-prone sock-knitting and hand-kitted sock wearing novice, can any sock knitters out there comment on the durability of non-reinforced socks? These are knit on US 0's so the fabric is relatively dense but I'm concerned about the nylon-less fiber content. Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a well-wearing stitch pattern for the heel flap (e.g. ribbed vs. K1, Sl1)?
Many thanks in advance for any and all purls of wisdom. (Wince...sorry, just couldn't resist the pun).


Blogger Brandy said...

Those look amazing!! I want to try and knit some socks and hopefully soon I will get to do that.

4:50 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I've had two pairs of knitted socks wear out(one was with Regia--which has nylon and one was with Socks That Rock--no nylon). Both pairs wore out on the foot not the heel--because I wore them to pad around the house in. I've been knitting socks for 2.5 years and those have been the only problems. So I'd say you'd be safe heel wise. I almost always do the K1, Sl1 heel(sometimes I "attempt" the short row heel).

Your socks look great by the way! I am gearing up to try the arrrgyle socks.

7:54 AM  
Blogger hege said...

I thought there existed some clear or inconspicuous reinforcement thread which you could knit together with your yarn at the heel and toe...
Unfortunately I don't have experience with how the ribbed heel patterns wear. Your socks look great!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

What trememendous socks! I am in awe of anyone who could carry off argyle - especially with the added bother of sock worries.

Trying to avoid wearing them out is a tricky question - if you don't have any nylon in them already, I would take your chances and continue with the pure wool.

I have had pure wool ones for years and years with no trouble - but I think it depends how much you wear them and so forth.

11:52 PM  
Blogger KSD said...

I am not a big fan of orange, but these socks are just as cute as can be. I'm enjoying watching your progress.

4:50 AM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Your socks are SO CUTE! I might have to end my intarsia embargo and make some myself.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Ann Budd recommends using sewing thread along with the sock wool in the heels and toes of socks, and so since I'm still a hand-knitted sock novice, that is what I do. I often forget, in the thrill of the moment, and I look on this as an experiment, to see if it makes a difference -- but still have no concrete evidence one way or the other.

6:52 AM  

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