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).
As with a lot of knitting stitches, the Eye of Partridge may be called something else. I’ve also seen it called V-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.