heel-less tube socks
i am making my nieces socks. unfortunately, they live on the other side of the country so i do not have the luxury of having them try on said socks. instead, i decided to make some simple tube socks and add in an afterthought heel when i figured out their foot sizes. simple!…right? well, maybe. but i didn’t insert waste yarn for the afterthought heel. aaaand…don’t i have to account for negative ease when considering heel placement? aaaaannnnnnddd….where is the optimal place to add this heel? i didn’t know. so i went a-google-ing to find some answers.
the googles said that i should figure about 10% negative ease for socks. i think this would depend on preference and style of sock, but i thought that to be a reasonable number. what is negative ease? let me google that for you. (ha! love that)
this pattern is quite straightforward in regards to adding the heel. it even has a handy chart with foot length sizes. i decided to insert the heel at 2 inches less than 90% of the foot length. for example, a size 10 ladies foot is 10 inches.
90% of 10 inches = 9 inches
9 inches – 2 inches = 7 inches <— start heel here
wish me luck!