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September 2011
October 2011
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Jim's Tomato Wedge Heel socks
Cat's Sweet Tomato Heel Socks by Cat Bordhi
Needles & yarn
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Knit Picks Stroll Solids, Heathers & Twists
Knit Picks
Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Socka Color

Toe-up socks with a wedge toe and a modified version of Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel -- I call it the Tomato Wedge Heel.

Here are the notes I posted in Cat’s forum (slightly edited):

These are plain Sweet Tomato Heels in a contrasting color, with 3 rounds in between the wedges instead of 2. I call them Tomato Wedge Heels.

First picture: Finished socks.

Second picture: For those of you who are wondering where the heels start and stop, I hope the white threads will help you see. They mark the last round before the wedges and the first round afterwards. The yellow thread marks the boundary between bottom and top of foot.

How to: Working the wedges in a contrasting color is not hard. Here’s what I found worked best: 
Work the last set-up round before the first heel wedge in the Main Color (MC), BUT work the very last stitch (the one just before marker A) in the heel color (HC). Begin your wedge in the usual way: turn, slip one, purl across… Continue working in HC until you have completed the last turn and are knitting across the top of the wedge working the “thanks mas.” Stop one stitch before marker A, drop the HC and pick up the MC. Work the “Thanks Ma” on that final stitch using the MC, then continue around with MC for the desired number of full rounds.

When working a “Thanks Ma” where the “daughter” stitch is one color and the “mother” stitch is a different color, you will get a neater appearance on the knit side if you lift the mother up and over the daughter stitch. You should end up with “Ma” to the left and “daughter” to the right, both on your left needle. Then you knit them together. I call this the “Thanks Ma, you’re tops!” maneuver.

I did not break the yarn between wedges -- just stranded it up the back until I was ready to start the next wedge. Don’t strand it too loosely -- it will loosen up after you work the final “Thanks Ma” at the end of the wedge. Strand it firmly but not so tight it puckers the fabric.

Digression: And for those of you who say “but tomatos aren’t brown,” well -- actually some are. They’re called “black” tomatos, but they’re really brown. Well, no, not quite as deep a brown as my sock heels. More of a green-red-brown color. I’ve grown some and they are very tasty!

Third picture: Here’s an earlier version of the Tomato Wedge Heel that I ended up ripping out. Note that it only was worked on about 50% of the stitches for the sock. It was the right length for Jim’s heel, but the arrow points to the problem area. There is a bit of a “gap” where the heel and top of sock meet -- the sock is going to have to stretch quite a lot over that area to fit properly. If you look back at my first picture, you can see that working the heel over 2/3 of the stitches fills in that gap and lets the sock fit better without having to stretch as much.

Fourth picture: Here’s the Sweet Tomato Heel laid on top of a sock with a standard short-row heel. Both were made for, and fit, my DH Jim. You can see that the short-row heel is “pointier.” Is that bad? Good? I guess it depends on the shape of your foot.

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  • Project created: October 5, 2011
  • Updated: November 5, 2011
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