While completing the heel section of my husband’s new pair of boot socks, I played around with different needle arrangements that would take the strain off the short row closures. What I settled on was the following method.
First the set-up.
I use one 47 inch circle needle to make all my socks. I always label the top of the sock as riding on NA( needle A), and the heel or bottom of my sock, as NB(needle B).
When I am ready to make the heel, I now pull out a loop of my needle cord in the center of the top of my sock(section A). I do the same for the heel section B.
You can see the arrangement above. As I was working a wedge heel,(or Sweet Tomato heel) I marked the beginning of my short row turns with a marker. In the picture above I have completed one wedge and it is hardly visible.
This arrangement of needles definitely takes the strain off of the yarn bars between the short rows turns, and makes the closing round much easier to accomplish.
Just thought I would pass along this tip!
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