This is the ‘Eye of Partridge’ heel. It’s a lattice work of slipt stitches alternating the placement of the slipt stitches each right side row. The resulting fabric is sturdy with a little bit of give but not too much. This means that this pattern is best used for people who’s heel width you already know. A heel with the same number of stitches will not fit both a wide heel and a narrow heel well. The fabric of this heel is very flat, providing an equal amount of cushion over the entire heel.
The basic pattern for the Eye of Partridge heel that I use is:
Row 1 (right side): *Sl 1, K 1* repeat across ending K 1.
Row 2 and even rows: Sl 1, purl across
Row 3: Sl 2, *K1, Sl 1* repeat across, ending with K2.
This is the more commonly used Slip Stitch heel. The pattern forms two distinct types of columns. The wider looking columns are the slipt stitches, the smaller ones are solid knit stitches. This produces a very stretchy heel that will fit a rather wide range of people. Because it’s so stretchy, it will fit a semi-narrow heel almost as well as it’ll fit a wide heel. This heel has ridges and when you wear it you’ll notice that some areas feel a bit more exposed than others.
The basic pattern for the Slip Stitch heel is:
Row 1 (right side): *Sl 1, K 1* repeat across ending in K1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Sl 1, P across
These are both variations on the German Heel Flap. That being said, they don’t just have to be used in the German Heel Flap, you can plug them into most heel flap patterns. Personally I prefer the Partridge heel flap, I like that it’s long wearing, and I think it’s pretty. It’s a little bit more fiddly than the standard Slip Stitch heel, but as you work the rows a few times you’ll pick up on the pattern and know which row you’re on just by looking at the stitches on the needle. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
cheers for now,