A plain toe-up sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel has very quickly become my ‘Prozac Knit’. I love it, and when I feel stressed, it’s the perfect project; no counting or complicated patterning. All I need is my knitting, a row counter and my template. I have mastered Judy’s Magic Cast On and, for my first pair, cast on my stitches, then increased every other round until I had all the stitches I needed. From the start, I found the FLK Heel easy to work.
I still wake up at the sparrow fart of dawn, and usually spend an hour (or two!), armed with a cuppa, browsing Ravelry. One morning I stumbled across a discussion about using the FLK Heel to create a toe. I could sort of see how it would work, then I tried to visualise what went where and my brain short-circuited! Fortunately, someone had posted some photos and it’s brilliantly simple. Now, I use it all the time in my socks. As you can see, it gives a nicely shaped toe. The first few times I used it, I worked it straight from the cast on. This is mostly fine, but there are a couple of times you need to make the twin stitches directly into the cast-on stitches, and I find this incredibly fiddly to do. This time, I cast on, then worked just one round, then worked the heel pattern to form the toe. It looks no different to all the others I’ve done, but those fiddly end stitches were much easier to work into a proper knit stitch. (Photo 1 is the latest sock with the knit round, photo 2 has the heel worked directly into the cast on stitches).
On a related note, someone came up with an alternative way of working the TSP stitches used in the heel. Unlike some, I don’t find that my TSP stitches look particularly different to my TSK stitches, but I do prefer this way of working them. On another related note, the fantastically useful sock ruler in the top photo was a purchase from The Knitters Attic, who also sells beautiful sock yarn. Yes, I might have bought a skein. I have made a template for each person I have made socks for, but I find that once I’ve figured out how many stitches I need, I use the sock ruler to know when to start working the heel.