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  • Rebecca Froebe
    ... From: Knitting Daily Date: Mar 23, 2011 9:02 AM Subject: A new issue of Sockupied is here! To: Improve
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      A new issue of Sockupied is here!

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       Wyeast Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, from the new issue of Sockupied. These socks take their name from the Multnomah word for Oregon’s Mount Hood, home of a historic lodge and ski area. The cable patterns, which are reminiscent of ski tracks, were selected by Chrissy’s husband to ensure they appeal to guys as well as gals.
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      I'm so excited! I just got an email with a link to the new issue of the eMag Sockupied, and it is AMAZING. Really. (If "awesome" weren't so overused I'd call it awesome!)

      One of the focuses of this issue is how to work with heels; to flap or not—how to decide? While world events might not turn on this decision, it really is an important one for us sock knitters.

      There are several heel choices; my favorite is the short-row heel, which looks a lot like the heels you see on commercial socks.

      The cons to this type of heel verses the traditional flap heel is that it's a little less durable—heel flaps are often thicker because the slip-stitch construction, and if you have a high inseam you might need a little more give, which a heel flap provides.

      Almost exclusively, I wear Dansko clogs, Crocs, or flip-flops, so durability isn't really a factor for me, and I have a low instep, so short-row heels are my go-to heel.

      Sock designer Chrissy Gardiner has so much info to share about heel construction, it's really interesting reading. And because it's a Sockupied eMag, there are all sorts of visuals, too, including an incredible calculator tool.

      Here's an excerpt from Chrissy's fascinating article from Sockupied.

      Sock Conversions: Getting Your Head Around Your Heels

      I started out as a traditional top-down, Dutch heel sort of gal and have evolved into a toe-up, crazy-hybrid-flap-heel knitter as I've learned new techniques.

      I design nearly all of the socks that I knit, which makes it easy for me to use my favorite constructions (although I do like to mix it up to keep things interesting), but not everyone designs his or her own socks.

      Switching a short-row heel for a flap heel, changing the direction of the heel (from toe-up to top down and vice versa), or even changing both at the same time can be daunting prospects, but it's really quite simple once you have a few techniques under your belt.

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      Heel Calculator

       Heel calculator from Sockupied
      Heel calculator from Sockupied
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      To work a short-row heel in place of a flap heel, divide the heel stitches (usually—but not always—half the stitches for the cuff) into thirds and work a short-row heel according to your favorite directions. (Or use Chrissy's Sockupied Calculator, sample at right, to tell you how to work the short-row heel!)

      When you're finished working the first half of the short-row heel, you'll have about one-third of the heel stitches wrapped on either side of the remaining one-third of the stitches unwrapped in the center of the heel.

      Make sure you ignore any gusset increase/decrease instructions when substituting a short-row heel.

      The heel is worked over the original number of heel/sole/back-of-leg stitches without any net gain or loss of stitches.

      Reversing Direction
      The short-row heel is perfectly symmetrical and is worked exactly the same in either direction—no changes required! If want to do a top-down short-row sock pattern toe-up instead, the heel is the easiest part!

      Chrissy Gardiner

      The Heel Calculators

      Chrissy provides three heel calculators—one for short-row, one for toe-up flaps, and top-down flaps.

      As you can see from the snapshot at right, the heel calculator gives you step-by-step directions for working the heel by using your gauge and number of stitches cast on. You don't have to do any math because Chrissy does it for you!

      Being math-challenged myself, I can't tell you how amazing these calculators are.

      If you're anything like me, you have a bunch of sock yarn in your stash (and if you don't, run to your LYS or check out simplysocks.com!), so take out your sock yarn and get sockupied!

      Download your Sockupied eMag today!


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      Sockupied is Back, Bigger and Better!


      Continue the revolutionary journey through sock knitting with even more fancy footwork
      in the NEW Sockupied Spring 2011 eMag, Now Available for Immediate Download!

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      Watch a preview of Sockupied Spring 2011!



      Downloadable to your PC or MAC computer, this Sockupied eMag includes features similar to a magazine off the newsstand, but you flip through the eMag using a click of a button. Plus, you can watch videos, zoom in on stitch details, hear designer interviews, click off to websites to purchase yarn and needles, and much more. With all these interactive qualities, it's the next generation of sock knitting!

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      The second edition of Sockupied includes even more videos, tips, techniques, designer profiles, and patterns!


      If you loved the first edition of Sockupied, this eMag has even more to love. With all new content, the Spring 2011 issue of Sockupied features:  

      • 5 Sock Patterns for Happy Feet! Enjoy top-down and toe-up designs from well-known sock designers.
      • 2 In-Depth Tutorials! Increase your sock-knitting skills with technique articles for customizing heels and binding off for toe-up designs.
      • 3 Calculators! Chrissy Gardiner makes changing your heel a snap with three calculators that do the math for you.
      • 13 Videos! See sock knitting at its best, firsthand. You'll enjoy techniques videos and fun and fascinating videos for inspiration.


      PLUS! Sockupied Spring 2011 also includes your favorite features, such as yarn reviews, needle ideas, and "Feet on the Street"—a clever look at knitters' projects old and new.

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      See Stephanie Van Der Linden's
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      Change up your heels with
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      Practice the Kitchener bind-off method


      The all new Spring 2011 Sockupied eMag comes to life on your computer with one easy download, and can be visited again and again. Print out patterns, zoom in on technique details, master sock knitting like never before!



      The second edition of Sockupied is now available for immediate download!
      Download your copy today and get started on your pursuit of sock knitting, 24/7!


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