Enduring Stripes by Cat Bordhi
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Enduring Stripes

Knitting
January 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch in rounds
US 1 - 2.25 mm
510 yards (466 m)
7 1/2 (8, 8 1/2, 9 1/2, 10 3/4)" (19 [20.5, 21.5, 24, 27.5] cm) foot circumference; 9 1/4 (9 1/2, 10, 10 1/2, 11)" (23.5 [24, 25.5, 26.5, 28] cm) foot length.

The Sweet Tomato heel used in this sock emerged after several days of sitting with my mother beside the wood stove while trying to fiddle my way toward a new type of short-row heel construction. Almost unconsciously, I did a small thing--and just like that, the clean heel of my dreams existed. This small thing closes gaps without forming holes or requiring wraps. This heel is worked in three wedges with gently sloping sides. The process is logical and user-friendly, so it’s easy to accommodate different foot sizes.

To make the socks nearly indestructible while adding a stripe pattern, I worked a strand of laceweight mohair along with sock yarn according to the Fibonacci sequence pattern. The stripe pattern is reversed on the two socks.