No hole contrasting color short row heel
With this interactive pattern you can make a contrasting color short row heel without the stripe on the instep. The secret sauce is one wrap and turn at each end of the instep needle which prevents holes from forming.
Pattern works for both toe-up and cuff-down socks and almost for any stitch count and gauge.
This pattern is part of my no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn sock pattern.
sts on my needles rows / 4” (10cm).
Beginning your sock from toe work until your foot measures 1.10” (2.75cm) less than desired length or if you are making cuff down socks begin the heel when your leg measures 1.10” (2.75cm) less than than desired length. You should now have a total of 56 sts divided evenly on two needles.
You should now be at the end of needle 1. With contrasting color work to the end of needle 2. The following rows 1-3 are worked on needle 2 only. Turn your work.
Row 1 (ws): mds, p to end, turn.
Row 2 (rs): mds, k to double st, turn.
Row 3 (ws): mds, p to double st, turn.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 until the last row you worked was mds, k 10. You should now have 9 double sts at each end of the needle 2 and 10 regular sts in the middle.
Continue working the row without turning and k the 9 double sts (knit through both legs of the double st as if it was one stitch). You should be now at the end of needle 2, w&t (the first stitch on needle 1).
Row 4: p to end of needle 2 (purl through both legs of the double st as if it was one stitch), w&t (the last stitch on needle 1).
Round 5: k 20, turn.
Heel continues. The following rows 4-6 are worked on needle 2 only. Turn your work.
Row 4 (ws): mds, p 11, turn.
Row 5 (rs): mds, k to double st. K the double st and 1 st after it, turn.
Row 6 (ws): mds, p to double st. P the double st and 1 st after it, turn.
Repeat rows 5 & 6 until you are on the right side and the last st of the needle 2 is double st. Knit the st.
Slip all the heel stitches purlwise back to the left needle. Break CC. Take the main color and work the double st on needle 2 and then work to the end of needle 2.
Knit the first st on needle 1 together with its wrap. K to 1 st before end of needle 1. Knit the next st together with its wrap.
The heel is now finished. Continue working in the round.
k = Knit
mds = Make double stitch. Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front. Bring yarn up, over and back to pull on the slipped stitch until it slides around to show two legs. If you are unfamiliar with the technique see a tutorial with images here.
p = Purl
rs = right side
st = stitch
ws = wrong side
w&t = wrap next stitch and turn. A good tutorial how to do this you can find here.