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Old 07-03-2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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REALLY DUMB QUESTION!!!!
Please help! My mind has gone BLANK! I have only knitted one sock. It was only a "practice" sock. I have started a "real" sock now. I am so proud of my cuff it looks really great. But, now I am to the part where you start the heel. I cannot remember, when it's time to divide the stiches do I take my free needle and slip the stitches off or do I use the needles that already have stitches on them and divide that way? I know I can't believe I am asking this question.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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OK the heel

are you using 4 dpn's or 5?

I'll start with 4--
How are the stitches divided?

to knit the heel you need 1/2 of the stitches on 1 needle.
the "beginning of round" is in the center of this group of stitches--which will be all on one needle

IF-- you have your stitches divided evenly (20/20/20) you'll have to slip some stitches.
if you have your stitches 15/30/15, you won't have to slip or reposition stitches.

so if needle 1 has 20 stitches, the last 5 are NOT knit, (but slipped onto needle 2 (instep)
the work is turned,
you Slip1, Purl the row,(15 stitches)
then you continue onto Needle 3 (and purl 15 stitches from that needle.
(5 are left over.. they get slipped onto needle 2)

Then you have 30 stitches on Needle 2 (instep)
5 from needle1, 20 that were there, and 5 from needle 3.

on the other needle, you also have 30 stitches (15 stitches from needle 1 and 15 stitches from needle 3)

you have 2 empty dpn's!
Put one away. use the other 2 to knit heel flap (keep a beginning of round marker in the center of this group of stitches--you'll need it later when you return to knitting in the round.

after the flap is knit, and the heel turned, you will go back to using all 4 needles--and Needle 1 will start the round (center of sole) and needle 4 will end the round.

when using a set of 5 dpns ALMOST ALWAYS the stitches are divided evenly (needle 4 and needle 1 are sole of sock, needle 2 and 3 are the instep)

ALMOST ALWAYS you don't have to slip or reposition any stitches.

just use 2 needles (the stitches on needle 4 and needle 1) for flap. (and again, keep beginning of round marker in center of this group)

you'll have flap on a single needle, (+1 to work these stitches) instep on 2 needles, and again have a spare needle
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Thanks so much for that info of troy. Whew! I swear I can't believe how much help this site is!!!!!!! By the way it is 4 dpn. I totally forgot to put that bit of information in.
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