To differentiate between a double heel and a heel called "in Short Rows", here is a small summary. When reading a sock pattern, you will notice that there are several kinds of heels and the two heels presented in this column are those that we meet most often in contemporary patterns.
A "double" heel is a heel composed of three parts: the heel, the heel and the gusset. Why "double heel"? Because on the rows side of the heel, we slip a stitch out of two. This gives the effect a little "embossed" that you see in the photo below and inside, it looks like the heel is "woven" since the wool passes behind each slipped stitches.
At the bottom of the foot, there is the heel: a half-moon shaped part that marries the gusset of the heel. The gusset is the transition between the heel and the foot. It is built in the shape of a funnel, which allows it to marry well with the shape of the ankle.The foot and the heel are knitted in rows back and forth on the sock and the gusset is knit in the round on the foot.You will find on Garn Studio a video illustrating the method of knitting the heel (note however that the heel is knitted in simple jersey and is not "doubled"). You can view the video HERE.
The heel in Short Rows has rather an eye shape. It knits in two stages: during the first stage we knit back and forth knitting one less stitch at the end of each row (ex: Knit 29, purl 28, knit 27, purl 26 ... so on until half of the stitches) this part looks like a trapeze. The second part is always knitted back and forth, but knit one more stitch at the end of each row (ex: Knit 13, purl 14, knit 15, purl 16 etc) and has an inverted trapezoid shape. Unlike the double heel, the heel in Short Rows is knitted in the same way that the sock is knitted from top to bottom or from bottom to top: it is a reversible heel.
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