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Wish I could help, but I've only made 1 sock from Wendy's pattern. Literally 1 sock. I have a couple others started, but none of them are at the heel point yet. It's the picking up of the wraps that's tricky. Isn't there an article on short rows in Knitty somewhere?

Thinking of you ALWAYS!

J Strizzy

I intensely disliked knitting socks until I tried Wendy's pattern, and now I use it all the time. What exactly do you need help with? If it's picking up the wraps without holes, I read something recently that explained it better than I've ever seen before, and if I can just find where it was I'll point you in the right direction...


I normally start my short rows when I am about 1-1/2 inches from my heel. But that is just me. I think the rule of thumb is to start 2 inches from your heel.


You look like you're doing fine to me. What exactly do you need help with? Once you try toe-up socks, you won't want to go back!


I just finished Koigu socks, and for the 1st time used 4 needles instead of 3. No holes at the gusset. I'd think maybe it was just luck, but I have made several pairs prior, both toe up and top down, sometimes keeping the instep stitches on waste yarn, always doing a short row heel etc. etc. Try it. If you don't want to use 4 needles for the entire project, try it during the heel phase. Whats ya gotta lose?


I have used Wendy's pattern many times. I use her heel now without looking at the directions. Make sure you are picking up both wraps when you knit them. Perhaps try knitting (and purling) them through the back loop(s) to tighten them up.

If you have specific questions, shoot me an email.


Wendy's pattern is my favorite. I second Christy's comment to be sure to pick up both wraps. Be sure to snug them down when you turn.

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