Toe Up Socks

I want to try knitting a basic toe up pair of socks. I have done the cuff down now want to try the other direction. Not fancy stitches etc. since I will probably be using some highly coloured, multcoloured sock yarn and fancy stuff will get lost in it, I imagine. I also want to do a pair on dpns and a pair on 2 circulars. So, what I am looking for is a good, basic toe up sock pattern, prefereably free online. One using dpns and one 2 circulars. Fingering weight yarn gauge. Any patterns you guys can point me toward? Thanks.


scenter's picture

It's not a free online pattern, but I currently am making Cat Bordhi's 'Riverbed Architecture' Socks (FWIW in the Rushing Rivulet stitch pattern in Kureyon Sock yarn color S149) from her book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters". These are a toe up sock, custom fitted to the feet of the person you are making them for.

I highly recommend this book, as it is written for both DPNs and 2-circs on all patterns, and gives you many 'Master' sock patterns in a 'chinese menu' fashion - pick one toe from column A, one heel from column B etc. There are both top-down and toe-up socks, with various features, in fact some of the master patterns are the same sock - one knit toe up, and the other cuff down.

For the Riverbed Architecture sock, What you do is measure the foot and yarn to get some numbers (labeled A-J, and used in the pattern), and then pick a toe out of the several presented, cast on with a "magic" cast on (her name for it), and away you go, after the toe you do the length of the foot (instep in the pattern of your choice, sole stockinette), then gusset increases, then the heel (of which there is a choice of types), and finally the leg and cuff in a pattern of your choice.

PaxKnitter's picture

I too have been looking at doing socks soon. Your glowing review convinced me so I just order the book.


crmartin's picture

A basic Toe-Up sock pattern:

Two At Once, Toe-Up Sock Pattern:



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There's instructions for the magic cast on for toe up socks as well as the universal toe-up sock formula. Both were published in 2006. Easiest way to find them is to do a pattern/article search for toe up.

RareSteek's picture

I used her (Cat Bordhi's) book, "Socks Soar On Two Circular Needles" (talk about an UNcatchy title! lol) and it was good for learning that technique.