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Simple Toe-Up Socks

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Toe Up Socks

My toe-up socks fit perfectly! Which is the beauty of toe-up socks.

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These simple toe-up socks are a great way to learn the techniques needed for toe-up sock knitting without having to worry about any patterning. They knit up really quickly -- it feels like they go faster than cuff-down socks for some reason -- and because you can try them on at every stage they are sure to fit perfectly.

Remember that when you see measurements in this pattern; try your sock on and see if that measurement works for you. For instance, on the advice of Chrissy Gardiner's book Toe-Up! I only used 60 stitches, where the conventional wisdom is to use 64 stitches for a medium-sized woman's sock. If a 64-stitch sock usually fits you, work one more round of increases; you'll also have an extra set of short rows, but it should be easy to figure out what to do with those extra stitches.

Materials:

  • about 270 yards of superfine sock yarn (I used Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted, the same yarn used in the Simple Toddler Socks, and worked both with the same skein)
  • set of size 1 US (2.25 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn ruler

Gauge:

30 stitches and 44 rounds per 4 inches (7.5 stitches and 11 rounds per inch) in Stockinette in the round.

Size:

Finished sock is about 8 inches around, 9 inches long from toe to back of heel, and 7 inches long in leg. To fit an average-sized woman.

Knitting the Toe:

Cast on 16 stitches (I used the Turkish Cast On, beginning with two needles and adding more as I gained stitches).

Round 1: Knit in the front and back, knit to 1 stitch from the end of the needle, kfb. Repeat on second needle.

Round 2: Knit.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 60 stitches, dividing onto more needles as needed, but keeping the increases in the same places (so they line up all the way up the toe).

Knitting the Foot:

Work in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures about 7 inches, or about 2 inches shorter than you need the foot to be for you.

Knitting the Heel:

This is a short row heel and it's super simple to alter if you used more or fewer stitches on your sock. Just start with half your stitches, work wraps on two thirds of the stitches, leaving one third in the middle unwrapped.

Begin by putting 30 stitches onto one needle. You will work back and forth on these stitches to shape the heel.

Knit across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.

Purl across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.

Repeat these two rows, working one fewer stitch on each side, until 10 stitches have been wrapped on each side of 10 unwrapped stitches in the center.

Next, work across to the first wrapped stitch, lift the wrap and work it together with the stitch is was wrapping. Turn the work. Repeat on the other side.

Continue in this manner, working one more stitch each row and picking up the wraps as you go, until you've worked across all the stitches.

Knitting the Leg:

Continue working in the round from this point. Work in Stockinette Stitch 6 inches, or 1 inch shorter than the desired length of your sock.

Work 1 inch in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.

Bind off using a really stretchy bind off (I used Peggy's Stretchy Bind Off).

Make a second sock in the same way.

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