I was right.

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.


ronhuber's picture

Joe, that deserves a pat on the back. Are the stitches twisted so that they wear better?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sorry, I was wrong....yet sort of right. I emailed Cat Bordhi about twisted stitches after posting yesterday and got the reply that she learned the technique from another knitter about 4 years ago. That would have been before the contest.
She has right hand knitters twist the yarn in the direction of the ply so it will wear better [you guessed that right, Ron]. Since that is the way my yarn twists automatically, I don't require extra finagling.
So, to paraphrase her - It truly is amazing how similar knitters minds work. I guess my wishful thinking got in the way. Should've checked with her first.

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