The Perfect Heel Quest | Fish Lips Kiss Heel

In my previous post, I wrote about working and finishing the basic toe-up sock using the Fleegle Heel in Universal Yarn Zesty Sock.

Now I’m trying my last heel, the Fish Lips Kiss Heel provided by SoxTherapist on Ravelry.

Toe-up Fish Lips Kiss heel sock finished.

First the routine part: I cast on using Judy’s Magic Cast On, increase for the toe until I reach my total number of 60 stitches and knit the 7½” for the foot; this brings my sock length to the ankle hinge, the point where my foot and my leg are connected.

And now it is time to start the heel.

The construction of the Fish Lips Kiss heel is based on short rows, making it a heel for both toe-up and cuff-down socks.

The pattern, full of useful information, is available on Ravelry.

Two videos on YouTube demystify the creation of a twin stitch and the techniques of Twin Stich Knit and Twin Stich Purl.

The Fish Lips Kiss Heel for my socks is worked on the heel needle, over 30 stitches.

On the decrease section, I will work shorter rows until I have 10 stitches (⅓ of the heel stitches) remaining in center of the heel.

In the increase section, I will start with the 10 center stitches and continue following the Fish Lips Kiss pattern until I am ready to resume knitting in the round on all 60 stitches.

The Fish Kiss Lips heel is completed:

Toe-up sock with completed Fish Lips Kiss heel.

Now I must knit the leg, a length of 6”.

The cuff is knitted in a 2 x 2 rib for 2”.

For all socks, I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for 2 x 2 rib.

Toe-up Fish Lips Kiss heel sock finished.

Now that I finished all my socks with different heels, I blocked all of them and noticed the following:

The Feegle heel sock is taller than the other socks. The gusset added not only extra width around the ankle but also additional height to the sock.

The Sweet Tomato heel sock has a wide ankle. It can be adjusted with fewer short rows on each wedge.

The best fit for me is the Fleegle Heel sock, maybe because I have wider ankles.

For narrower feet and ankles, the Fish Lips Kiss sock will be a very good fit.

And here are all the different heels tested in this quest for the best heel fit for me and the rankings.

A collection of completed socks using 5 different heels: a heel flap but no gusset, W&T short rows heel sock, Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato, Fleegle heel, and the Fish Lips Kiss heel.

Have fun experimenting with Universal Yarn Zesty Sock and KNITTER’S PRIDE Karbonz 32″ [80cm] Fixed Circular Knitting Needle US1 [2.25mm] and finding your perfect heel!

A collection of completed socks using 5 different heels: a heel flap but no gusset, W&T short rows heel sock, Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato, Fleegle heel, and the Fish Lips Kiss heel.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: The Perfect Heel Quest | the Fleegle heel

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