Picking Up Stitches on a Garter Edged Heel Flap

It's easier to identify where to pick up stitches when your heel flap is edged with garter stitch.
It's easier to identify where to pick up stitches when your heel flap is edged with garter stitch.

Typically, flap and gusset style heels are not my favorite to knit, in part because I don't enjoy picking up stitches on the sides of the heel flap. However, I discovered that it can be easier to determine where new stitches should be picked up if you work the first and last 1-3 stitches of each heel flap row in garter stitch.

Traditionally, when you work a heel flap, the first stitch of every row is slipped. This leaves you with half as many edge stitches as there are rows. For example if your flap is 32 rows long, you would have 16 sts along each edge of the flap. Then you pick up one new stitch in each of the edge stitches.

If you work the first and last 1-3 stitches of every flap row in garter stitch instead, you end up with garter ridges along the sides of the heel flap. In that case, the ridges can be used as landmarks. New stitches are picked up between each ridge. You'll also need to pick up one stitch either before the first or after the last ridge on each side of the flap.

Lesson Notes

Pattern: Secret Admirer Socks
Yarn: Schoppel Admiral Cat Print
Needles: skacel by addi Bamboo FlexiFlips


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