Basic Sock with Integrated Heel by Ailbíona McLochlainn

Basic Sock with Integrated Heel

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Introducing the Integrated Heel - an elegant new approach to seamless heel construction.

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Otherwise known as Stocaí Bunúsach {stokee bu-noosah; Irish: ‘basic socks’} this universal sock pattern is worked from the cuff down
 with Integrated Heels.

Integrated Heels, you say! What’s that?
The Integrated Heel looks and fits similarly to a traditional heel flap and gusset. The difference is in the process. Like the traditional sock heel, the Integrated Heel features a heel flap, a gusset, and a turned heel. Unlike the traditional sock heel, the Integrated Heel is worked almost entirely in the round. This eliminates the need to work the heel flap back-and-forth flat, and to later pick up stitches along its edges. 

The resulting benefits include: a gusset with more give (since you aren’t picking up stitches along a finished edge); fewer interruptions to workflow (which, in turn, speeds up the knitting process considerably); and excellent fit, with ample opportunity for heel-depth customisation.

While I dare not claim to have ‘invented’ the Integrated Heel (goodness knows there is nothing new under the sun!), I did arrive upon this design independently (read about it here), and have not seen it documented anywhere else. I have found this method of heel construction fast and convenient, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

This sock pattern includes:
. instructions for knitting basic (’vanilla,’ if you will) cuff-down socks with Integrated Heel construction in a range of sizes
. a step-by-step picture tutorial on working the Integrated Heel, and
. an appendix with tips for custom modifications

Stitch count & gauge instructions are provided for fingering weight, sportweight, and DK weight yarns, allowing you to try the Integrated Heel in a variety of yarn weights.

The pattern is written for Magic Loop, but includes instructions for adapting it to DPNs and short circulars.

Socks with Integrated Heel construction can be knitted 2 at a time without interruption.

This pattern is suitable for beginner sock knitters.

You will especially enjoy the Integrated Heel method if:
. you have a strong preference for knitting in the round
. you have a tendency to ‘stall out’ on sock projects
. you enjoy seamless sweater shaping and wish socks could be more ‘sweater-like’ to knit (only took much less time, of course!)

Posting pictures of your socks on instagram? Use the hashtag:
integratedheel

There is now a Pattern Support thread for the Integrated Heel on the newly formed LB Handknits group!

And you can read more about the story of this design on the LB Handknits blog.