Heel Splicing of fully-fashioned stockings

The splicing carriers which come into operation only at the extreme edges of the fabric gradually extend their range until they are passing to and fro across the stocking until they are covering the full width of what will become the heel.

It is now that knitting the foot begins and this is done in various ways, the three best known ones are “English”, “Continental” and “Round Heel”. The English foot is best for heavy and medium heavy lines because it has side seams and no seam under the foot and is therefore more comfortable in wear on thick fabrics.

The Continental foot has a seam under the sole and is most suitable in medium and lightweight stockings of all fibres.

The Round Heel is similar in appearance to the Continental foot, but has not quite such a large heel pocket and whilst eminently satisfactory in “Nylons” and some other very sheer constructions, it is not satisfactory for other types of stocking.

In all forms reinforcements against wear are introduced in the appropriate places; also all require seaming and some need linking.

Above: Heel Splicing (2), this picture illustrates the manner in which additional stitches are knitted to accommodate the extra width of fabric needed to give the shaping, and also illustrates the manner in which the various yarn carriers are able to pass each other.

Right: Heel Splicing (3), this shows a further stage in the construction of the heel. (P.T.O.)