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Fish Lips Kiss Heel
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Sep 21, 2013 17:07:35   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
What a weird name for a sock heel. It works with both toe up and cuff down.... DPNs or Magic Loop...or what ever method you love.
Someone mentioned this heel in a previous post and I took a look and decided to give it a try on the pair on which I was working... Heel is done and although I have not tried wearing it (those socks are for my daughter) I found it to be an easy heel and looks pretty neat and clean.
I have been trying different heels and have found a couple that I really enjoy working...and wearing. This one may well work out to be another one of the favs for wearing as well.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel
It is a purchased pattern, only $1.00 US.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF_p5QE614Y
http://hangingonbyastring.blogspot.com/2013/08/tips-techniques-fish-lips-kiss-heel.html
You might be able to figure out the heel without the pattern by watching the video and the Tips and Techniques blog.
Jane
 
Sep 21, 2013 18:03:13   #
mmrmein
 
I use it on my socks. Easier for me than wrap & turn.
Sep 21, 2013 20:56:58   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
Thanks for the info. I purchased the pattern also and will try on my next pair
I usually do the Fleegle heel which I like, but have been trying others as I want to do a contrasting toe and heel.
Tried the Afterthought heel, didn't like
Tried the Sweet Tomato heel which I don't like
Hope the Fish Lips will be better
Thanks again for your input
Sep 21, 2013 21:07:19   #
SouthernGirl (a regular here)
 
Will try it. Thanks.
Sep 22, 2013 00:24:24   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
grandmere101 wrote:
Thanks for the info. I purchased the pattern also and will try on my next pair
I usually do the Fleegle heel which I like, but have been trying others as I want to do a contrasting toe and heel.
Tried the Afterthought heel, didn't like
Tried the Sweet Tomato heel which I don't like
Hope the Fish Lips will be better
Thanks again for your input


I like the Fleegle heel as well, and the Faux Heel Flap is similar and even gives directions on when to start the other color for contrasting toe and heel. This FLK heel is easier than both of those. Have not tried the Afterthought heel ... and was not fond of the Sweet Tomato heel either.
I have often done a short row heel that has no wraps... just turn then on the build it back side of the heel you do a K2tog, M1 which eliminates any holes.
Jane
Sep 22, 2013 01:52:29   #
LaLaWa
 
I'm just finishing a pair of socks with the Fish Lips Kiss heel and I really liked it a lot. I honestly thought I would be a cuff-down-flap-and-gusset sock knitter for the rest of my life, but the Fish Lips version of a short row heel was easy to learn, easy to memorize, no guessing whatsoever, and most importantly looks very NEAT. I think it's faster than Sweet Tomato; I know with Sweet Tomato I thought it took forever to do one wedge and then the thought of doing a second wedge, and a third wedge, all for one sock heel was just too much to do that again. The Fish Lips Kiss has a huge amount of information and helpful hints in addition to how to do the heel. It's a great bargain for $1.00.

PS I always make my heel flaps a bit longer than square, so with Fish Lips I did add 4 stitches as suggested and it worked out well. I may ad 6 next time.
 
Sep 22, 2013 01:58:46   #
LaLaWa
 
Also have to mention that this heel works with a 9inch or 12inch circular without having to take the work off the needles to do the heel. You do have to go to either double-points or magic loop to do the toe, but other than that you're fine with just a single 9inch or 12inch needle.

The first one I made was a slipper in bulky weight yarn so I could quickly see whether it would work for me, and it did work the very first time. I'm going to be making a bunch of these slippers with FLK Heel for the holidays. They went super fast and look great.
Test Slipper - Bulky Weight

Sep 22, 2013 03:19:03   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
JTM wrote:
I like the Fleegle heel as well, and the Faux Heel Flap is similar and even gives directions on when to start the other color for contrasting toe and heel. This FLK heel is easier than both of those. Have not tried the Afterthought heel ... and was not fond of the Sweet Tomato heel either.
I have often done a short row heel that has no wraps... just turn then on the build it back side of the heel you do a K2tog, M1 which eliminates any holes.
Jane


The Faux Heel Flap, I haven't heard of that one. Thanks, I'll look it up and try it.
Have never done a short row heel either. that's another I'll have to try.
Thanks for the info
Sep 22, 2013 03:21:56   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
LaLaWa wrote:
Also have to mention that this heel works with a 9inch or 12inch circular without having to take the work off the needles to do the heel. You do have to go to either double-points or magic loop to do the toe, but other than that you're fine with just a single 9inch or 12inch needle.

The first one I made was a slipper in bulky weight yarn so I could quickly see whether it would work for me, and it did work the very first time. I'm going to be making a bunch of these slippers with FLK Heel for the holidays. They went super fast and look great.
Also have to mention that this heel works with a 9... (show quote)


Your sock looks great. I, too, am making bulky weight socks for Christmas gifts. Hope mine are as nice as yours
Sep 22, 2013 13:28:54   #
LaLaWa
 
Thank you Grandmere, I'm sure yours will be very nice! I love slippers, they go so fast compared to the 88 stitch fingering weight socks sitting in the bottom of my bag! Love this heel for slippers.
Oct 18, 2013 21:16:55   #
WindingRoad
 
I purchased this pattern but I'm finding it very difficult to follow her directions. How do you do this for yourself. It's hard for me to bend over and trace my own foot. Is there a way to measure similar to other heels. I do toe up so I can try on and have always started my heels when my work is 3 inches from the back of my heel. Thanks for your help.
 
Oct 18, 2013 21:27:02   #
LaLaWa
 
WindingRoad wrote:
I purchased this pattern but I'm finding it very difficult to follow her directions. How do you do this for yourself. It's hard for me to bend over and trace my own foot. Is there a way to measure similar to other heels. I do toe up so I can try on and have always started my heels when my work is 3 inches from the back of my heel. Thanks for your help.


Since you're an experienced sock knitter, there's really no need for you to do the cardboard foot pattern unless you want to. I knitted my sock to the point where I would normally insert a heel, and just followed the heel instructions from the pattern and it worked out fine. The only thing you have to remember that's different is that you need that inch of stockinette after you're done with the heel, as she instructs in the pattern, before you continue with any patterning you may want to do up the back of the leg.

I hope that helps.
Oct 18, 2013 21:42:28   #
WindingRoad
 
Thanks for the prompt reply. I thought that was how to do it. I've done Knit Picks 2 Toe up heels, Cat's STH and her padded one. I don't seem to have problems with holes around my gussets. When I do make them LOL but I can't remember how to do them. I have the cast on down pat now. I love knitting without a pattern to lose. LOL I use stripping yarn and so I don't feel the need to make elaborate patterns on my socks. The pattern doesn't pop so well anyway with variegated or stripping yarn IMHO. So once I learn this heel I can knit socks anywhere anytime. WOOT......

Thanks again. I'm gonna knit until I get 3 inches before the back of my heel and then start her heel....
Oct 18, 2013 22:27:14   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
WindingRoad wrote:
.....

Thanks again. I'm gonna knit until I get 3 inches before the back of my heel and then start her heel....


Don't know much about your foot size, obviously but I usually go to BETWEEN 1.5" and 2" before the back to start my heel. I have been using FLKH now on my 3rd pair and love more with each sock.
Jane
Oct 18, 2013 22:53:38   #
WindingRoad
 
3 inches has worked for me on every other heel I've done. I just have to try it. I wonder if I can do it as a padded heel as I love that feature it's so cushy.
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