(we'll still ignore the stitches on the other needle and only work on the stitches at the end of the heel flap).
Row 1: Purl halfway across the row, plus 2 stitches, P2tog, P1 turn.
(In my case, I had 32 heel stitches, so I purled 18 stitches, then purled
2tog, then purled 1).
Row 2: slip 1 stitch as if to purl, K5, SSK, K1 turn
Row 3; slip 1 stitch as if to purl, P6, P2tog*, P1 turn
Row 4: slip 1 stitch as if to purl, K7, SSK, K1 turn
Row 5: slip 1 stitch as if to purl, P8, P2tog, P1 turn
Row 6: slip 1 stitch as if to purl, K9, SSK, K1 turn
Continue working in this manner until all the stitches have been worked. Drop the K1/P1 at the end when you run out of stitches.
*You should be 1 stitch before the 'gap' created so that when you P2tog you are closing the gap and creating a new one with the next P1 - that will be closed on the next row with the SSK.
The result is a cute little heel like this!
Go ahead and turn your heel. Tomorrow we'll work on the instep - also known as the gusset. (I don't like to call it the gusset . . .doesn't it sound intimidating? Instep sounds much friendlier!).
Here's another great sock book at the library.
More patterns to inspire you . . . If you don't have a lot of sock yarn in your stash, you may want to go shopping. I think you are going to love your socks so much that you won't wear any others. . . . and just think what a great gift they would be!
Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.