Before You Begin
Like all short row heels, the heel is shaped by working back and forth in rows across half of the sock stitches. For the first half of the heel, each row is one stitch shorter than the last. For the second half of the heel, each row is one stitch longer than the last.
The big difference between the Japanese method and the other four most common short row methods (wrap and turn, yarn over, German, shadow wrapped) is that the Japanese version uses locking stitch markers, or pins, instead of special turning stitches.
MaterialsThanks to Oink Pigments for providing the Disco yarn (colorway - 4 Play) shown in this tutorial. Also, thanks to Skacel for their ongoing support. The addi FlexiFlips shown in this video are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.
Other Tools and Notions
- locking stitch markers
Japanese Pinned Short Row Heels
Ready to try this technique in a pattern? The Caretaker Socks pattern shown in this tutorial will help you learn and practice these skills:
- Emily Ocker's Circular Cast On
- Double Lifted Increase
- Ornamental Daisy Stitch
- Japanese/Pinned Short Row Heels
- Stitch by Stitch Hem with a Picot Edge