Typically, flap and gusset style sock heels are not my favorite to knit. Heel flaps always look so wide and chunky. Also, turn heels can be confusing for knitters that are new to short rows. Then I discovered the band heel.
Band heels are similar to other flap and gusset heels because they are worked in rows across half of the sock stitches, beginning with a rectangular flap. They also have a triangular gusset after the heel shaping. However, the flap is half the length of a traditional heel flaps and it is usually worked in plain Stockinette Stitch. The flap is then divided into three sections. The center section becomes a rectangular band that runs down the back of the heel to the bottom of the foot. Decreases are made in the side sections, on either side of the band, so that the sock tapers down around the heel. And guess what! No short rows.
How to Knit a Band Heel
Thanks to Skacel for providing addi FlipStix and Turbo Rocket Needles that were used in the video. These needles are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.
Try knitting a band heel today with the Switchback Socks pattern that is available in my shop.