The Fleegle heel, sometimes referred to as the strong heel, is a technique used to construct the heel of a knitted sock. It was developed by Susan Glinert Stevens of Fleegle’s Blog and involves using increases to form a gusset/heel and short rows to create a gusset/ heel. The direction in which the heel is worked determines if the short rows or increases form the heel or gusset.
The main difference between a standard heel and a Fleegle Heel is in the construction. A standard heel involves knitting a flap back-and-forth-to create a flat, rectangular piece that is then picked up along the sides to create a gusset. In contrast, the Fleegle Heel uses short rows to shape the heel without the need for a separate flap or picking up stitches. This creates a strong, anatomically-shaped heel that fits well.
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Susan developed her heel in response to her frustration with traditional sock heels, which often had holes or gaps. She experimented with different techniques and eventually came up with her own method, which has gained popularity in the knitting community.
The Fleegle heel is a great option for knitters looking to create sturdy and comfortable socks. With its unique construction, it provides many benefits that traditional heels may not offer.
I have been knitting my socks with a Fleegal Heel for a few years and love the simplicity of its construction. I wrote my toe up sock in 8ply using a fleegal heel to teach an online class last year.
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