This is my technique for making a short row no wrap heel without gaps for toe up socks.
For this example I am using Maggie’s Purple Socks Pattern. You can download this pattern for free on Ravelry or:
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Work sock pattern to ankle.
Start heel decreases.
*Slip all slip stitches purlwise.
1. Slip first st, knit to 1 before end, turn
2. Slip 1, purl to 1 before end, turn
3. Slip 1, knit to 2 before end, turn
4. Slip 1, purl to 2 before end, turn
Continue slipping the first stitch and working 1 less stitch each row until you are left with the desired number of working stitches. For this pattern we end with sl1, purl 3, turn. So we have 4 working stitches. (Maggie has narrow heels. Most patterns will have at least 8 working stitches left.)
Next we need to increase.
Sl 1, knit to 2 before the gap, sl 1,pick up the bar around the stitch before the gap and place it on the right needle(this is the slipped stitch from the previous row).
knit bar and sl st together(from the right needle as if you are knitting a ssk), turn.
For Maggie’s Purple Socks the first increase row is: Sl 1, knit 1, Sl 1, pick up bar, knit2tog, turn.
Next we repeat on the purl side.
Sl 1, purl 1, sl 1 pick up bar(from the stitch before the gap), purl bar and sl st together, turn.
Continue slipping the first stitch, working to two before the gap(the last stitch worked will be the two together stitch from the previous row), slipping 1(the slipped stitch will look longer), picking up the bar around the stitch before the gap and working the bar and slipped stitch together from the right needle as for a ssk or ssp then turning.
In Maggie’s Socks finish with:
Sl 1, purl 11, sl 1, pick up bar, knit bar and sl st together, turn
Sl 1, knit 12, sl 1, pick up bar, knit bar and sl st together, Knit 1.
After this row we would move to the next sock if we are knitting two at a time or join with the front of the sock if you are knitting one at a time.
This is what it looks like when you finish.
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