Fleegle heel: The Ordinary Knitter, episode 22

img_20160914_124615Welcome to The Ordinary Knitter, a knitting podcast discussing projects, yarns and patterns. This week: Knits for Children and their Teddies, Soul Garden Socks and the virtues of the fleegle heel, setting yourself knitting targets and flying along with the Capitan hat.

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You can’t see it, but these Soul Garden Socks have a fleegle heel

Looking at my Ravelry history, the first time I used the fleegle heel was in May 2013 when I embarked on over-the-knee socks as a birthday present for a friend of mine. It wasn’t there to stay at that stage though as I went on to knit other socks that didn’t use it, but by October that year it was my firm favourite – probably because having used it I then went back to the other method for different socks and found it just didn’t compare.

What do I love about the Fleegle heel? Two main things I think. Firstly I like the shape it gives and secondly there’s no picking up. I never found that really worked out as well as I wanted, and it’s left me with a residual feeling that I’m a bit crap at picking up, no matter what sort of item I’m knitting. It’s a satisfying method to use, and once you get your confidence in knowing where the gap is, you’re away. I don’t need to count any more as the gap is now so obvious to me.

The finished sock looks neat and the heel shape fits my husband. I can’t see any reason to change away from it. It’s the polar opposite of the afterthought/forethought heel I tried a few months ago – no fuss, nice shape. Try it if you haven’t yet, and let me know what you think.