I’m not a big fan of sock knitting (or at least that’s been true historically). However, I recently wanted to knit on something small and rather mindless as - well, a therapeutic escape. This is how the Cabin Socks came into existence!! Find the No-Wrap Short Row Heel tutorial below — and if you need a refresher on my Easy No-Wrap Short Rows, you can find that tutorial HERE. I suggest working through that tutorial first before tackling the heel because I’ve written this tutorial assuming you have the basics down already.
I’m also teaching the No-Wrap Short Short Row technique at some upcoming STITCHES events, so head over to the EVENTS tab for more about that.
After working your first set of No-Wrap Short Rows or Wedge 1, you’re ready to work Wedge 2, so you’ll knit to the first stitch before the gap on the RS of the work. As you can see, the slipped stitch is positioned around the first stitch on the left needle, ready to be picked up and knit together with the stitch on the needle. For full photo tutorial on how to close gaps, check out the Easy No-Wrap Short Rows tutorial.
After turning, slipping the first stitch, and purling to the stitch before the next gap, you’ll close the gap as usual, turn and slip the first stitch which is now positioned directly above the previous turn. So far, all of this is done as you would for closing your short row gaps, but as you close a gap, turn, and slip the next stitch, you will have two slipped stitches rather than one positioned around your working stitch on the needle.
Here, you’ve slipped the first st with RS facing and have knit to the stitch before the gap. Now, rather than having one slipped stitch positioned below the first stitch on the left needle, there are two - the lower stitch has already been picked up on the previous row (pictured on the left), so you want to pick up the upper stitch as pictured on the right. You will then knit those two stitches together as instructed to close gaps.
WS is worked similarly. There are two slipped stitches positioned below the working st on the left needle- the lower stitch has already been picked up on the previous row (pictured on the left), so you want to pick up the upper stitch as pictured on the right. You will then purl those two stitches together tbl as instructed to close gaps.
Ta-Da! As you can see (pictured on the left), there are no gaps and the turns are rather tidy and even. If you want to whip up the Cabin Socks that feature this shaping (pictured on the right), they will be available SOON!! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to have the printable pattern sent straight to your inbox.