The last time I wrote about the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and Toe was in June 2014 and I thought it was time to revisit this wonderful heel and toe construction in my Neptune’s Ocean Socks.
Fish Lips Kiss Heel is designed by Sox Therapist and is available on Ravelry.com. I read through the detailed instructions and watched the two stitch techniques on Youtube and then decided to use the heel construction with my normal basic sock pattern.
I chose one of my own glorious hand dyed sock yarns in the Neptune’s Ocean colour and combined it with an Araucania Ranco yarn in a deep teal from my stash for knitting the contrasting heels and toes for these socks.
Casting on 60 stitches using the Neptune’s Ocean colour and joining into a round, I used 2.75mm double pointed needles to knit 14 rounds of k1, p1 rib.
- Knit 45 rounds of stocking stitch.
Fish Lips Kiss Heel:
I used the Deep Teal Araucania Ranco Sock Yarn to knit the heel.
At this point I was ready to follow Sox Therapist’s instructions for knitting the Fish Lips Kiss Heel from page 9 of her pattern.
The finished heel is comfortable and fits my heel neatly. More importantly, there isn’t a single gap in this heel and it looks great.
When I knit these socks the first time I knit 44 rounds for the foot but decided that next time I would knit 46 rounds as I prefer my socks to be a bit looser than the original ones are. These socks have exactly 10% negative ease and I prefer a little less.
- Knit 46 rounds for the foot.
Using the contrast yarn for knitting the heel gave the same effect as knitting an afterthought heel so it meant that the patterning in the hand dyed Neptune’s Ocean sock yarn continued in the same way as it had in the leg along the foot. I think that this adds to the beauty of the finished socks.
Using the Deep Teal Araucania Ranco sock yarn to knit the toe.
I followed the instructions for knitting the Fish Lips Kiss Heel again to create the Toe shaping. When I had finished knitting the toe, I used kitchener stitch to graft the toe stitches to the instep stitches.
I did feel that the finished toe was a little bulky at the corners and I wondered if anyone has a solution for that. Do let me know if you have found one.
I sewed in all the loose ends of sock yarn.
Then soaked these socks in a wool wash for about 30 minutes then rinsed them. I blocked them on my wire sock blockers and carefully smoothed out the the bulky bit as much as possible.
This is a great basic vanilla sock pattern and by using contrasting heels and toes it adds a delightfully simple twist as to how the finished socks look.
Have you used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for knitting your heels and toes? What were your experiences with it.