As some of you may recall, I wondered - in an earlier post - if Cat Bordhi was inspired by my twisted heel stitches when she published a pattern that also used them.
Well, I finally found the pattern and read how she accomplishes it. That set my mind to percolating and I finally figured it out...If you slip the stitches p-wise and then purl the stitch through the back loop on the return row [as she directs] you get the identical twist that she would see on my sock heel. Of course, she didn't know that I am a left hand dominant knitter so my slipping stitches k-wise on the front and purling back on the return would make the reversed twist that she observed. I proved it to myself last night by knitting a sample piece that combined my way of knitting a heel flap and the way she instructed knitters for hers. [Switching hands, naturally.] Identical results, although hers requires a bit more stitch manipulation.
As I said before, I find it flattering that my sock inspired her [she wouldn't have seen the directions - only the finished sock - during the judging] and am grateful that she worked out the reasoning behind why the twisted stitch works so well in a heel flap.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.