toe up saga. Onto the heel

After having done 4 socks (2 pair) cuff down, and messing up the seam at the end, I have decided to work on a pair now toe up. So far so good. Awesome cast on and toe increases and onto the foot.
But my question is for the heel. When working cuff down, I did a very simple short row.
Knit a row, purl a row and at each row simply turn one stitch earlier. When there were a certain number of remaining stitches, I then began adding them back in. This was done by doing k2tog on the last working stitch with the next skipped stitch (closing the gap), and then adding a new stitch by picking up a stitch. Eventually all the stitches were back in play and then I just continued working in the round.

Can I do my heel now the same way coming from the toe instead of the cuff?


MMario's picture

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albert's picture

His question was for the heel; you need to work on your self-esteem, Mario.

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QueerJoe's picture

Yes, the short-heel you describe looks the exact same whether you're knitting cuff-down or toe-up.

If you'd be interesting in trying something a bit more challenging, which also uses short-rows, you might want to try the Andersson Heel...after I tried it the first time, I make all my socks with some version of this heel:

knit_knot_eat's picture

That made no sense to me at all. I read it like a dozen times and I can't follow the numbers at all.

QueerJoe's picture

I must admit, I had trouble following it the first time as well.

I typed up a document that describes it for a mini workshop I did at the Men's Knitting Retreat last year...I just posted it as a PDF file:

I'm not sure this makes it any clearer, but it definitely makes a very nice toe-up heel...shaped more like Dutch Heel, but using short-rows.

HuskerChub's picture

I did not answer your first plea for help with the toe because I did not know for sure if you knew how to do a short rowed heel. I knit all my socks toe up with a short rowed toe and heel. I will try Joe's heel on my next pair, however. To short row a toe, use a temporary cast on to cast on 1/2 the foot stitches, work the toe, when you have all sts back in work, pick up the sts from the temp cast on and continue knitting the foot.

This is the method most often used in the past on the circular sock machines because you only have to learn/master one technique (and the easiest) and use it twice on each sock...also you can crank out many pairs of socks with waste yarn between them and do all the kitchnering together of the toes at your leisure.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Can't answer your question about toe up socks, but I often don't bother with a toe seam for my top downers. I just do a round toe and decrease down until only 6 to 8 stitches are left, run a thread of yarn through twice and finish off. Another old book I use as a resource suggests turning your sock to the inside and do a 3-needle bind off on the stitches you'd graft together. Never tried it but might someday. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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