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Old 09-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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How to surgically remove a pointy short row heel?
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So I tried a short row heel for my son's socks (I usually prefer flap heel) and I don't like it because it's way too pointy. It looks really funny, so I want to redo it.

I looked at the afterthought heel and I wonder if I can do the same? I wonder if I can cut the yarn on the bottom, sort of at the end of the heel, and just rip back and use that yarn to make a new heel?
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It worked, it worked! (Not that anyone here was worried )

I cut the yarn and ripped back the heel, and then picked up all the live stitches. I like the afterthought heel much better than the short row, it feels more comfortable. Btw, the new heel used up more yarn, for some reason.
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I wasn't worried but I did want to know so thanks for reporting back. I had no idea whether it would work, I'm glad it did! I did figure if anyone could make it work then it was you. I've wanted to try the afterthought heel but wasn't sure I'd like it. If you say it's more comfy then that's a good reason to give it a go.
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That's great! I saw this earlier, but didn't have time to answer...not that I knew the answer mind you.
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I didn't know if it would work either but I had perfect confidence that if anyone could make a go of it, it was you, Olha. Great to know it's a success.
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Aw, thank you... The beauty of the afterthough heel is that it is knit just like a toe. The only trick is to stop when it's deep enough, and also I made a few last rounds of decreases without the plain rounds in between, to make it more round.

I mean, the toe is comfortable, isn't it? The problem with the short row heel was that in order to hide the holes, a middle "bar" between the stitches was picked up to close up the gap. It looked fine but felt "knotty", if you know what I mean.

Also, I had to redo: one heel, two toes, and one top -- and I am talking about three socks only. So I am kind of fed up by now, but when I knit the unfortunate fourth sock, I will post some pictures.

Also, I am working on a Perfect Toe, because a gentlemen, even a 4 y.o. gentelmen, looks ridiculous in pointy-toed socks.
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