I am working on Tim's Easiest-in-the-World,
Infinitely-Adaptable, Toe-Up Socks. This is my first pair of socks and so far so good though I do have a problem with the heel (prepare yourself for the run-on sentence from hell). The heel is created by removing the set number of stitches (in my case 20 sts.) to waste yarn to work later, making up for the lost ankle/leg stitches with a reverse loop cast-on, finishing the ankle/leg and then returning to complete the heel by moving the stitches on the waste yarn to two DPNs, and picking up the same amount of stitches from the bottom of the reverse loop cast-on (start of the ankle/leg), onto two more DPNs and then working the ankle. Well, I understood the instructions just fine but instead of picking up my stitches entirely from the cast-on area I should, perhaps have picked one or two up from the sides as I now have an ugly little hole on each corner of the heel. This made me think of a different way of going about the heel and I was wondering if you guys have ever done it this way.
I thought of the way mitten thumbs are sometimes made (I think EZ calls it the "thumb trick". Has anyone ever tried it with a sock heel? What it would entail is knitting the area where the heel hole will go and switching to waste yarn for the required heel stitches (in my case 20 sts.), then picking up the working yarn and knitting as usual. When it's time to do the heel, all I would need to do is remove the waste yarn and catch those 40 stitches onto my DPNs and off I go. It seems to me that this would keep my work more "in gauge" and could avoid the holes at the corner. Is there any reason this wouldn't work?