Eye of Partridge
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.
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.
“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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