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Shape The Heel
turning heel personalized Christmas stocking

How the double wraps look on the needle when working the knit side (on the left) and the purl side (on the right).

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Shape Short Row Heel:

  1. The heel is worked on 44 stitches at the back of the stocking -- 22 stitches each side of the center back stitch marker.
  2. K21, with yarn in back (away from you) slip 1 purlwise, yarn to front, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  3. P42, with yarn in front slip 1 purlwise, yarn to back, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  4. K41, wyib slip 1 purlwise, yarn to front, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  5. P40, wyif slip 1 purlwise, yarn to back, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  6. Continue as established, working back and forth in rows, 1 stitch less each row, ending with: P22, wyif slip 1 purlwise, yarn to front, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.

Increase Heel:

  1. K22, pick up wrap (lying at foot of next stitch) by pulling the wrap up onto the left hand needle and knitting it together with stitch. Then, wyif slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle. This stitch has now been wrapped twice.
  2. P23, pick up wrap by pulling the wrap up onto the left hand needle and purling it together with stitch. Then, wyib slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle. This stitch has now been wrapped twice.
  3. K24, pick up both wraps (as in picture) by pulling them up onto the left hand needle from bottom to top, and knitting together with stitch. Then, wyif slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  4. P25, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left hand needle from bottom to top on the RS, and purling together with stitch. Then, wyib slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle.
  5. Repeat last 2 steps until all heel stitches are picked up, that is: K42, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left hand needle from bottom to top, and knitting together with stitch. Then, wyib slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle. (We are wrapping the first non-heel stitch to prevent a hole forming at the corner).
  6. P43, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left hand needle from bottom to top on the RS, and purling together with stitch. Then, wyif slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right hand needle. 
  7. K22 back to marker; heel is complete.
  8. Slip marker and continue knitting in the round, picking up the 2 remaining wraps and knitting them together with last heel stitches on next round.
  9. Work 1 more round in cream, then change to red and work 2 more stripe patterns, then a further red and green stripe.
  10. Change to cream and begin toe.
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