My friend, frazzledknitter and I were talking about heels this last week. She loves checking out second hand booklets for interesting knitting books. She sent me a note the other day, wondering if I had seen this heel before.
I had a really strong sense of deja vu. The picture was so familiar and yet, where would I have seen it before? I do have a few booklets from my mother in law, but I usually go for old books. I have some very interesting vintage knitting pattern books but none from this continent. My favourite is an vintage English pattern book, that my daughter in law found in a market in Kiev. But booklets, not many and I am certain that my mother in law had baby booklets, sweater booklets, and a mitten booklet but so far as I know she never knit socks. She certainly never spoke of knitting socks. I wonder if frazzledknitter loaned it to me to look at, and I kept it! Eeep.
Today while going through my piles of magasines, I came across it. Yes I do have a booklet where this is in.
As you can see from the instructions at the bottom of the page I linked above and from this detail, the heel is knit and then, the sides are sewn to the gussets. It's really an interesting construction and I am going to have to try some of these alternate constructions a go soon.
There is another interesting sock construction in here called the Innovation construction.
It's whole sole is constructed separately and then sewn to the sock. There are a whole bunch of patterns using this construction.
This one gets really close to the construction I learnt of in Anna Zilbourg's Knitting Free Sole Socks video that Interweave put out a few years ago. There is no sewing in Anna's construction technique, but the sole is very reminiscent of this one. I have that video class and though I have watched it all and knit a sample sock, I haven't used the construction in my own sock knitting.
So there you go. Three kinds of sock constructions to play with.