Thursday, February 28, 2008

In Search of the Perfect Purled Sole - Part Deux

Last summer, I posted about my attempts to make socks that were more comfortable underfoot than the purl bumps of the usual knit socks. I have super-sensitive feet and I also have diabetes so I need to baby my feet to avoid complications.

I was pleased with LynnH's method of purling the sole in the Fast Florida Footies pattern but started thinking that I'd like more padding under my heel. Working the heel flap pattern under the heel is frequently offered in toe-up sock patterns so I figured I'd try it on a top-down pattern. I worked the slip-stitch pattern on the heel flap, through the heel turn, and on all of the sole stitches until I finished the gusset. Then I started purling the sole. Here's what I have so far.

I wondered if I would have to add some short rows to make up for the slip stitch pattern pulling in the knitting and changing the tension but it seems to be okay. I'll keep trying it on as I finish knitting it and add some short rows if it seems necessary. I'll let you know and post a pic when this sock is finished.

My medication snafu prompted several comments from readers. It was comforting to know that I'm not the only one who has done that. I'll be sure to be very careful in the future. And I'll also make sure that the Preparation H is kept far away from the toothpaste!


ColorJoy LynnH said...

It looks like every pair is getting more comfy for you. What a great pursuit!

TexanaPurls said...

I think this is a wonderful idea for a comfortable sock! I think it would be very durable too. Please continue the good work!