I finished the first Ocean Toes Sock last week. This was a pattern from Cat Bohrdi's newest book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I had a lot of fun knitting up the sock and learning a new architecture in the process!
This sock doesn't have a "normal" heel. You knit the leg as normal, and then you start regularly increasing at evenly-spaced points. This creates a sort of funnel.
From here, one works a heel turn that is similar to what is done after making a heel flap. Then the sole stitches are worked back and forth, picking up a stitch from the instep stitches (bottom of the funnel) at the end of each row. By the time all of these stitches are picked up, there's only about 30 rows left to go before the toe begins.
Here's a detail shot of the heel. There weren't any in the book, and I was curious about how it would look. A slip-stitch pattern on the heel is worked for the last few rows of the arch expansion, but the pattern pretty much continues all the way to the bottom.
In addition to an innovative architecture, I think Cat wrote a beautiful pattern. I really like all of the decorative details.
Oh, did you notice that this isn't knit up in the Yarn Pirate yarn I mentioned last time? I really needed to use size US2 needles for the sock to fit my foot. The Yarn Pirate was too thin, but I found some Koigu that was a great substitute. I'm going to have to do something with that Yarn Pirate yarn soon!