I think I'm a nay. I'm working on a pair of Toe-Up Jaywalkers (Rav link). I haven't made Jaywalkers before, and I can now see the appeal. This pattern is lovely, and so easy! Anyway, I thought I would give a short-row heel a go, and used the instructions from Socks From The Toe-Up. I am not happy with the results for two reasons. :(
1. They are difficult to get over my ankle, and feel tight across the top of my foot. This is causing the yarn to pull.
2. The back of the heel section stops quite low down my ankle compared to a heel flap. I forgot to mark it in the photo, but it's the orange bit below the Jaywalker pattern on the leg.
I hope you can make the little arrows out (they're courtesy of PicMonkey!).
The tightness is making the yarn pull and distorting the middle stitch on the pattern, and also causing holes at the increase points on the pattern. It fits perfectly at the toes and across my foot. I am using the same number of stitches as I would with a heel flap sock, same needles and yarn I've used before (Trekking XXL). I'm pretty sure my feet haven't got bigger - sadly!! Because then it wouldn't be so hard to get shoes that fit!
Anyway, I was wondering if anybody has done a short-row heel before, and could give me some advice, or point me in the direction of a good tutorial, because I haven't had much luck finding one. In the short-row heel's defence; it's definately a lot quicker and less fiddley than a heel flap though.
This heel is definately going to be frogged. I'm so glad I put the lifeline in, it's where I would start the gusset increases for a heel flap. Now I just need to decide whether to give a short-row heel another go, or just do a heel flap.
Here's what the bottom of the heel looks like. I do like the look of the short-row heel, but just not this one. And do you know how hard it is to take a photo of your sock when it's on your foot?! Um, if you're a sock knitter you probably do!!
I have a FO to show you, it's my second All Seasons Cardi; but it deserves a post of it's own, so I shall do it at the weekend. Thank you in advance for any help or suggestions!