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Old 06-03-2007, 02:11 PM   #1
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Your Opinions? Heel Flap VS Short Row Heel
Which do you like better? Pros and Cons of each?

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Old 06-03-2007, 02:27 PM   #2
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I prefer a flap heel, but


-No measuring, just knit until your flap is a square.
-Turning is a breeze
-You don't have to place markers where you wrap and turn the heel.


-Can sometimes take longer to work.
-You have to pick up stitches, which some find difficult.
-Sometimes to keep the decreases even.


-Doesn't take as long to work.
-You can work it in any stitch you chose.

-You have to place markers where you turn the rows.
-Can sometimes be harder to see in a dark yarn.

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Old 06-03-2007, 02:29 PM   #3
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I love short row heels much more than flap heels. I don't place markers when I turn the row, but I also don't have holes when I'm done with the sock. I still haven't managed to make a heel flap without holes.
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Old 06-03-2007, 04:03 PM   #4
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I really like the short row heel. I like the look of it better and its what I learned first.
The second half where you are knitting all the left behind stitches can be a little tricky the first time.
I don't have to use stitch markers for it and if you decide on the size of the heel before hand you just knit until you have the planned number of stitches left then start back knitting the short rows.
The heel is just half the total stitches and once you start the short row stitches have that little yarn over right by them.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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What a great thread. I've never seen this question posed before.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:53 PM   #6
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I prefer a heel flap. Maybe because I have big feet, but short row heels always seem to be stretched too thin around the heel. Also, I don't like the look of it as much as a heel flap.

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Old 06-03-2007, 07:36 PM   #7
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I love the short row heels. I like the look of them better. I don't need stitch markers, I've just learned to recognize where I am. I don't even count anymore. When I first started I'd keep a little chart next to me and mark off every row I did, but I've learned to tell where I am just by looking now. I can turn a heel in about half an hour to forty minutes. Don't know if that's fast or not (compared to others), but I feel pretty accomplished after turning a heel. It's like a sock knitting miracle.
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Old 06-03-2007, 07:36 PM   #8
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I remember reading somewhere (probably on this board!) that short row heels wear out faster, and heel flaps knitted with K alternating with slip stitch wear longer.

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Old 06-03-2007, 07:57 PM   #9
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I like the feel of short row heels better for my feet. And I like knitting them better too. It definitely helps to recognize what the stitches look like when wrapped so you don't have to use markers. I don't wear my handknit socks enough to wear them out, but I have heard that about short row heels.
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:07 AM   #10
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Neither. I like the afterthought heel.
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