Eye of Partridge: The Ordinary Knitter – episode 78

The Ordinary Knitter Podcast
Eye of Partridge: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 78

Eye of Partridge

eye of partridge
Eye of partridge section on the flat of the heel

Hello and welcome to The Ordinary Knitter – Eye of Partridge, the knitting podcast that’s (mostly) about the projects, sponsored by Ecoflap home draughtproofing products including the Petflap draughtproof pet door. Find out more about the Petflap at thepetflap.com.

My name is Heather and I’m @theordknitter on Twitter, @theordinaryknitter on Instagram and @ordinaryknitting on Ravelry. This time: eye of partridge on the flat of the heel, knitted dishcloths, repurposing unloved knits, and knitwear on TV.

Ft patterns

Ft needles:

Eye of Partridge

This is the traditional stitch used to form the upright back of the heel on a sock that’s knitted in the round on three or four needles. A flap is created that’s then joined to the rest of the sock.

This stitch is used to create a strong piece of knitting that will withstand rubbing against footwear. What I wanted was a strengthened piece on the flat of the heel, as that’s where my husband’s socks wear through first, so I decided to use this stitch.

Simple in one way, but on the other hand I couldn’t find any tutorials, so I took the stitch pattern and planned to keep that to a static number of stitches – 38 in this case – and increase for the heel in plain stocking stitch either side of it. I marked this out as I went along, keeping the partridge bit betwee markers, so that I knew where I was.

I’m astonished to say that it worked exactly as I’d hoped. I was aware that the Fleegle Heel might not work entirely as usual as it was from a base of different stitches from usual, but I could just knit a plain row of stocking stitch if necessary. To be honest I can’t now remember whether I did that, but suffice to say the heel shaping worked like a lamb.

Music credit:

“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Knitting podcast: The Ordinary Knitter – episode 1

The Ordinary Knitter Podcast
Knitting podcast: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 1

knitting podcastWelcome to The Ordinary Knitter, a new knitting podcast. I aim to release at least one 20 minute podcast every week. I use everyday, affordable yarns and more often than not free patterns from Ravelry or somewhere else on the internet.

Warning – deeply dodgy broadcast quality! Please bear with me as I learn how to do this properly. I’m falling over myself with enthusiasm at the moment and just want to get this on the go.

Episode 1: Knitting podcast

Welcome to episode 1 of my new knitting podcast. In this episode: introducing myself, talking about current projects and associated issues (ie disasters), and looking at ideas for the future of the podcast.

I started this podcast as the knitting podcasts I’ve listened to, while enjoyable, don’t focus on the things that interest me most. I like to talk about why I settle on the patterns I knit, why I chose the yarns and what happened as the project progressed. The podcasts I’ve listened to have tended to be about yarns more than actual knitting, so I hope there’s a place for a podcast that rather iconoclastically doesn’t put yarn centre stage.

Please leave me a comment, let me know what you think, and find me on Instagram @theordinaryknitter and on Ravelry as OrdinaryKnitting.

Ft knitting patterns:

  • Shawl Collar Vest by Jennifer Miller (link to my Ravelry page). I’ve nicknamed this the Seaside Shrug as the colours are my mother’s favourite sea colours and I think of this garment type as a shrug rather than a shawl.
  • Ribbed Socks for Kids by Susan B Anderson (link to my Ravelry project page)

Ribbed socks for kids - knitting podcastAn early pair of socks for my daughter, too thick to wear under normal shoes and with a lovely tight cuff cast on! When I made these I didn’t even know there were different ways of casting on and bindng off (listen to episode 5 for a discussion of the terms cast off/bind off). Generally I learn the hard way but I’m getting better!