Don’t you just love the word “flap?” I can almost see things flapping along when I hear it! Today we’re going to talk about my favorite kind of flap – a heel flap!
The heel flap is a squarish/rectangular bit that’s knit across (usually) half of the total sock stitches. It extends the back of the sock from the bottom of the ankle all the way to the floor. And yes, this will look really weird! The heel flap is also, in my opinion, the most crucial part of the sock for fitting.
Before beginning the heel flap, we want to separate the top-of-foot (instep) stitches those that will become the bottom-of-foot (sole) stitches. If you’re using double-pointed needles, you can simply work in pattern to the place where you want the heel flap to start, and then, while working the first heel flap row, work the heel flap stitches all onto one needle. If you’re using one of the circular needle methods, you will want to rearrange your stitches, if necessary, so that all the heel flap stitches are together.
When dividing instep from sole, it’s nice to try to center it nicely. For example, if your sock leg is in k2-p2 rib, you probably want to stop after doing just one knit of the two-stitch knit rib so that the split between instep and sole is pleasantly symmetrical (k1, p2,k2…k2, p2, k1). If this is too confusing, don’t worry. No one will ever know but you unless they are WAY too close to your feet.
So. You have all your stitches divided up and ready to go? You’re almost ready! You still have to decide what type of flap you want: a plain stockinette flap, a cushy heel-stitch flap, or a fancier flap.
Tomorrow (and yes, I do mean TOMORROW): The stockinette flap.