Knitting/Socks - Heel

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This is my 1st time knitting socks and I am stuck at the Shape heel point. Following the instruction, I'm working with 36 sts. Following the instructions I run out of stitches from Row 10, so I know I'm doing something wrong. Please help me understand what I need to do to complete the heel. THANK YOU!!

Make heel: Divide 32 sts on 2nd needle onto 2 needles
and leave for instep. Knit 18 sts off first needle onto end of
third needle. 36 sts for heel.
Next row: (WS). K1. P16. P2tog. P16. K1. 35 sts.
Next row: *K1. Sl1K. Rep from * to last st. K1.
Next row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows until heel measures 2 ins [6 cm], ending
with WS facing for next row.
Shape heel: 1st row: K1. P17. P2tog. P1. Turn.
2nd row: K3. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
3rd row: P4. P2tog. P1. Turn.
4th row: K5. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
5th row: P6. P2tog. P1. Turn.
6th row: K7. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
7th row: P8. P2tog. P1. Turn.
8th row: K9. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
9th row: P10. P2tog. P1. Turn.
10th row: K11. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
11th row: P12. P2tog. P1. Turn.
12th row: K13. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
13th row: P14. P2tog. P1. Turn.
14th row: K15. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
15th row: P16. P2tog. P1. Turn.
16th row: K17. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. 19 sts.

Shape heel: 1st row: K1. P17. P2tog. P1. Turn.
2nd row: K3. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
3rd row: P4. P2tog. P1. Turn.
4th row: K5. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
5th row: P6. P2tog. P1. Turn.
6th row: K7. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
7th row: P8. P2tog. P1. Turn.
8th row: K9. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
9th row: P10. P2tog. P1. Turn.
10th row: K11. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
11th row: P12. P2tog. P1. Turn.
12th row: K13. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
13th row: P14. P2tog. P1. Turn.
14th row: K15. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn.
15th row: P16. P2tog. P1. Turn.
16th row: K17. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. 19 sts.

Answer
Hi Kim,

You are only decreasing by one stitch on each row of the heel shaping.

I broken down the stitch count you should have on your needle after each row.


Shape heel: 1st row: K1. P17. P2tog. P1. Turn. (34 stitches now on needle)

2nd row: K3. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (33 stitches now on needle)

3rd row: P4. P2tog. P1. Turn. (32 stitches now on needle)

4th row: K5. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (31 stitches now on needle)

5th row: P6. P2tog. P1. Turn. (30 stitches now on needle)

6th row: K7. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (29 stitches now on needle)

7th row: P8. P2tog. P1. Turn. (28 stitches now on needle)

8th row: K9. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (27 stitches now on needle)

9th row: P10. P2tog. P1. Turn.(26 stitches now on needle)

10th row: K11. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (25 stitches now on needle)

11th row: P12. P2tog. P1. Turn. (24 stitches now on needle)

12th row: K13. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (23 stitches now on needle)

13th row: P14. P2tog. P1. Turn. (22 stitches now on needle)

14th row: K15. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1. Turn. (21 stitches now on needle)

15th row: P16. P2tog. P1. Turn. (20 stitches now on needle)

16th row: K17. Sl1K. K1. psso. K1.(19 stitches now on the needle)

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