Most of us tend to learn MIXED.--Teachers know this.. and make kids MOVE and LISTEN and LOOK. There are some concepts that are hard to understand unless you see them (or do them)
In general, I am a visual learner--It's a case of monkey see, monkey do. Knitting socks (well knitting HEELS of socks) was one of those things that I had see, and hear and do before I got it. (It took a long time for me to learn how to do heels) But then, once I got one got it –I GOT IT. For a long time I slugged away, not really being able to read a patttern and understand what kind of heel was going to be created. And then Suddenly—I Knew!
So my heel.. a reversed F/T/G heel (where F/T/G is Flapped/Turned/ Gussetted).
Last seen the sock were heel-less. Now, the sock as a sole (the flap, worked in stocking knit) and heel (the turning) and it's about to get gussets. (the stitches have been picked up, but not knit)
My 34 stitches (flap) became 20 after the turning. I picked up 36 (16 each side) to have 56 stitches. (that was last night)
Now mid morning, I am about to work the gussets. The gussets will be created with a series of decreases –22 stitches (to bring my stitch count back to 34) as 12 paired decreases spread out over 22 R's (I Like the term R—since knitting sock on 2 circs has a FEEL of knitting flap (knit, turn knit to make a round, and each side feels like flat knitting) so I THINK ROWs (and decrease ever other row, on one side (set) of the knitting!)
At the same time (Those oh so dreaded words!) I will be continuing the small cable pattern on the front of the sock—as I am once again knitting in the round.
The heel (sole/back) of the sock is divide into 3 parts (see the markers?)
the center part (34stitches) will be worked in REAL eye of partridge stitch (not half eye of partridge stitch.
R1: S1, K1, (repeat across row--since flaps are usually knit flat)
R2: S1, P all
Eye of Partridge:
R1: *S1, K1 (repeat)
R2: *K1, S1( repeat.)
Since the back of the heel (where heel stitch is located) is being 1—knit in round, not flat and 2 doesn't need a chain stitch selvage) its just as easy to do a an eye of partridge stitch
Working flat the eye of partridge stitch requires an offset to get the slip stitches to not line up--
(think of 1 X 1 ribbing (stitches line up) vs seed stitch(stitches offset)
or in a flat knit flap (R1: S1, K1/ R2: S1(for selvage) R2: Sl 1 (again for pattern OR K2, then slip 1, K1 (ending in knit 1) )
But working in the round, eye of partridge is quite easy!
Heel stitch is useful for making the heel (back of heel, where the shoe rubs against the sock) stronger, and it also changes the gauge (making the heel fit better!) and pulls the sock tight on the back of the heel.
Finally because my little side ribs have purl ditches either side, the gusset part (the decreases) will be worked in purls. Which will make the decrease less obvious.. and let the little cable be the most interesting part of the sock--not a strong line of decreased stitches. (see below)
Another change with the reverse engineered F/T/G heel, is the turning that in a top down heel tend to be on the bottom (sole) of the sock, is with a reverse engineered heel, at the back of the heel.