I mentioned in my previous post that I like the Eye of Partridge heel flap. It has a dimpled diamond stitch appearance and I just think it looks cool. The technique is very similar to the more common Slipped Stitch Heel flap (below).
I’m not going to explain the how’s of the heel flap, just the basic stitch pattern for the EoP flap on a typical top-down sock.
Eye of Partridge Stitch
Divide the heel stitches according to your pattern. I the case of a 64-stitch sock, work the heel flap on 32 stitches leaving the instep stitches on the other needle(s). I find it easier to work the heel flap on two dpns than circulars.
Row 1: (Right side) * Sl1, K1*, repeat across, ending with K1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Sl1, purl across row.
Row 3: Sl1, Sl1, * K1, Sl1,* repeat across row ending with K2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat these four rows until ready to turn the heel, usually 32-33 rows. This pretty knitting stitch offsets the slipped stitch every other row, which results in a diamond pattern.