Well, I tried the sock on again and it was SO tight that I knew I'd never wear it. I asked my sister to try it on, and it was even too tight for her small foot, so - into the frog pond we go. It wasn't an easy decision, but it is the best thing to do. I think I just knit too tight for zeros. I do like the way it looks, but I'm not really sure I'm ready to cast on 80 or 90 stitches for a sock, it's just too many for me.
I think I'll change yarn and go up a needle size and knit a plain stockinette stitch sock. I like the yarn I was using, I just need a break from it.
Here are a few gratuitous frog shots.
As much as I didn't want to frog this sock and all my hard work go down the drain, I always like the look of curly newly frogged yarn.
I was wondering something. Does anyone know of a general rule when it comes to turning a heel. Like a formula for the beginning. All the patterns I looked at seemed to knit a little more than half the stitches and then knit 2 together turn Slip a stitch then knit back a smaller number like 5 or 7 - but I couldn't figure out what sort of percentages they were working with to get it right. I guess I can probably calculate the percentages or whatever, but I was just curious if there was already a basic formula out there? Does anyone know? Any other nerdy math people out there that think about this stuff?
This is what I did on the frogged sock
Number of stitches on heel flap = 35
Half of 35 = 17.5
Knit 21 knit 2 together, knit 1, turn Slip 1 knit 9, knit 2 together, knit 1, turn slip 1 .... etc
Either I should have knit 7 instead of 9 or tried knitting 19 instead of 21.
I'm not sure which would have been better. I couldn't find a pattern that had 70 stitches in the sock. (I may not have looked super hard) I don't know if I'll stick with 70 on my next sock or not, but I would like to have a formula or rule that I could plug in the number of stitches and get the right numbers for turning the heel. Does anyone already have such a formula that they use?