A Year of Techniques: Afterthought Heel!

By Ann Shayne
December 6, 2017

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  • Good morning everyone at MDK! I just wanted you to know how happy I am that I found your wonderful, helpful, insightfu, and ( lovely, words that make me smile, and giggle) site. When I get up in the morning, I always look to see my e-mails from you all! Thankyou again, dorian

    • Thank you so much, Dorian! You just made our day. We appreciate your coming to visit MDK, and wish you excellent knitting in the holidays ahead.

  • Even though I have been left way behind on my year of techniques, I am so glad to have the whole series to work through as time allows. There have been many great things learned, and more to come. What a great idea, I’m glad I joined in!

    • So glad to hear it, Brigid! I’m thinking of a sort of Decade of Techniques . . . I wish I had more hands.

      • Bring on the decade!! Have soooo enjoyed AYoT, many thanks to you, Kay, and Jen for the great fun and learning with it. Have just cast on Julia Farewell-Clay’s Ceilidh with short row shaping, a new skill for me, love it! Peace be with you and happy knitting.

  • I always use afterthought heels but add a crescent moon shape of a few short rows in the corners before I get to heeling. This is completely replaceable later but adds that smidge of extra space across the instep, preventing pulling and tightness for anyone with an arch to their foot. Lots of internet tutorials exist, it’s fast and one of those fiddly steps that designers leave out for pattern brevity but is indispensable for fit.

    • I’d like to know more about that technique!

      • Me, too! I’m using afterthought heels now and then, and find they fit better (closer) than the usual flap and placket heels.

    • Thanks for this tip! I will definitely look it up!

  • Am I the only person who LIKES heel flaps? However, that doesn’t mean I won’t try this technique (after I finish this baby blanket….)

    • #heelflapnation

    • Nope. I also like knitting a heel flap and all that it entails. Easy peasy, zen like and fits me perfectly I do like an afterthought heel every now and then,when I don’t want to disrupt a stripe sequence, but my go to heel is the heel flap.

  • I only do afterthought heels on socks – sooooo easy, and if – no, when – the heel wears out, you can knit in a new one. Win-win. 🙂 I am currently working on a sweater, and considering adding an afterthought pocket – I have yet to find instructions on how to do this (I’m sure they’re out there, I doubt I’ve unvented this idea) – but once you know the afterthought heel, I know an afterthought pocket will be no problem.

  • Toe-up, afterthought heels are my favorite kind of socks to knit! So much less fiddly than Kitchener and the seemingly endless gusseting. Also, the Hedera Helix pattern is so pretty. I know that ivy is invasive, but I still love the look of it. And, as the designer found out…it can be a building material!

  • I start 6 rows before the place for the afterthought increasing 1 stitch on each side with a plain row in between (3x) to give that little bit of extra space. I love the no fuss of an afterthought but miss the magic of ‘the turn’!