These socks are Pomatomus, an older pattern on Knitty. You might notice here that my stitches on the sole are twisted... I had a theory a few years back that socks with twisted stitches might wear better. While I don't think that's the case anymore, please just ignore the twisted stitches if you notice such things.
|Holes in the Sock|
As you can see above, a hole has developed between the heel and the body of the sock. This is due to a few different things - first, I didn't really know how to weave in my ends as well as I do now, so things are not staying together as well. Second, my mother has a rather wide heel-to-ankle ratio (like me) and I've learned since I made this pair that it's better to add a bit of extra room at the heel. Finally, these socks are over five years old, and one of my mother's favorite pairs I've made her - so they are just wearing out.
So I'm going to make my mother a new pair of heels, and in the process save the yarn to do some other repairs to the sock (mostly reinforcing). The first step is to remove the old heel.
|Make small cuts!|
I then began pulling the little bits of cut stitches away from the yarn that didn't get snipped, until the fuzzies were all out.
|Removing little fuzzies|
|Picking up stitches|
This yarn I gathered up and made into a mini-skein. I wet it down, hung it from a hook in the Farm's basement, and hung a wrench from it until it was dry, to straighten the yarn out again so I could use it for other repairs.
But back to the sock heel.
When you've picked up all the stitches on both sides, it should look like the sock has sprouted a mouth.
Then I kept knitting all around, doing the same for the 2nd gap as I did for the 1st gap. After I knitted all around, then I began my preferred method of decreases, whichever you prefer for an after-thought heel.
You'll note, below, that I happened to work the heel in a slightly tighter gauge than the rest of the sock. This happened for three reasons. First, my gauge has changed in the last five years. Second, the yarn I used for the heel is slightly lighter weight than the yarn for the sock. This is because I wanted to match for color rather than for the exact right yarn. Third, I used a smaller needle size to accommodate the smaller yarn. I think, after wearing them a few times, the difference in gauge will even out, or at least become less noticeable.
|fixed sock - the stitch marker is to mark a place I need to fix|
Got questions? Shout them out! I'd love to help troubleshoot your own sock repairs!