2 at time toe up socks

Hey fellas,
I like Melissa Morgan-Oakes's book 2 at a time socks so much becuase its made for perfectly matched socks I decided to try out the toe up method.
At this point, I only have 2" finished and am about to start the pattern (texture, no color) and a little excited to see how this works.
I started learning this method because of the short rows used in the heel and so far, I haven't really used short rows (and the necessary wrap to go with it) and am really excited to use them more.
Anybody have a preference in toe up or ankle down?


ronhuber's picture

It's always fun to learn something new -good luck. I hope you enjoy it.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Mine is top down...but only because I haven't knit any toe up. Still, as I tell people while helping with toe up, all socks are made up of the same sections: cuff, leg, heel, gusset, foot, and toe. The only difference is which direction you work them.

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Tallguy's picture

It all comes down to a matter of preference. As Joe says, socks are all made up the same parts, and it really doesn't matter if you go up or down.

I prefer to do them from the toe up mainly because I never know if I will have enough yarn. I usually make them of limited quantities of yarn, and with larger feet, you need more than is in those small balls of yarn made for socks. When you hand-spin your own yarn, that is doubly dangerous, for I often don't have any more of the same fibre. And I also find socks toe up more interesting to do as well. From the cuff down becomes boring when you have done a number of them. Well, so does toe up after a while.

But you can start your socks at the toe or the cuff --- and even at the heel and then work in both directions!! If you have seen Cat Bordhi's New Pathways book, she does the foot first as a tube, then cuts an opening to do the leg upwards. It works. It really doesn't matter which way you go. They are all fun to do.

JDM511's picture

Something tells me that Elizabeth Zimmerman would just love the way Cat Bordhi thinks outside the box.

So far, so good on the toe up socks!
I really like watching the socks build row by row. I had someone see what i was doing and asked me what they were going to be. You should've seen the look when I answered. Priceless!

scottly's picture

Figuring out toe up is on my to do list along with short row heels. I know once I commit to I'll what I thought was so complicated - life is long.