Toe up Socks victory

A couple of months ago I whined about how hard the going was on a toe up sock project I was working on. Luckily I listened to all of you, I did finish that pair and just to really be sure that I had the process down, I started a pair for me (now remember I was taking a break from knitting. I think what i really meant was a break from gift knitting).

Here's what I've noticed:
1. making the socks toe up seems to use less yarn. I've been using the same brand of yarn that I usually use for the ankle down type and it seems that the ankle on the toe up will be longer and I only used a single skein for each sock.

2. Working the heel seems to finish faster in the toe up version.

3. Picking up the extra st where the ankle and heel meet really does seem to close up the little hole I used to get when doing socks the ankle down way.

Anybody else notice if these are true?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Can't address this topic as I've yet to make a pair of toe-ups. However, that is on my agenda for this summer, designing a pair as well. I was going to attempt both at once [in the same pair of socks] but realized that was probably taking on more than I could handle.

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Call me crazy, but I usually use the Truly yarn by Sensations JoAnn as I can always get it and its not a bad merino to use. And it seemed to me when I made the toe-up version of a sock pattern I'd done before, the ankle was longer than when I do them ankle down and have to break out the third ball of yarn to finish the toes.
I know it shouldn't make a difference, but it really seemed that the toe up uses less yarn.


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Dave - I normally have a decent amount of yarn left over when I knit socks [I have a fairly small foot, sized 9] so I figure any difference in yarn needs will probably take up that amount. JI'll also use one of my larger skeins of yarn for the sock yarn pair so as to have a comfort zone to hedge my bets.

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brance63's picture

What process/pattern/book did you use. I've just recently made several attempts at toe-up but can't get past the toe (casting on and short rows)

superi's picture

You don't have to do short rows on a toe up sock for the toe. You can use Judy's magic cast on, or a figure eight cast on, then increase 4 stitches every other row untill you get the totatl number of stitches you're wanting for the body of the sock.

Here's a pattern that tells you how:


brance63's picture

Thanks, will try

When I first started making socks I was using Edie Beckman's book (can't recall the title offhand). About a year later I discovered the 2-at-a-time sock book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. And for a couple of years that was the only way to do socks for me. My sis got the same author's second book, Toe-up 2 at-a-time Socks.
I was kind of half-interested in trying this method. A lot of the guys on here say that its the only way they'll do socks. But a veteran knitter I knew said she couldn't get it to go either.
It's good to know both ways as some of the knitting patterns you find for socks are written one way or the other and it really does help being able to craft socks in either method.
Hope this helps.