Thursday, February 19, 2009

Discussion About Toe Up Socks


Lucy asked if toe up socks were hard to knit. I think they are the easiest for me, because I have done so many. Any new technique seems difficult at first, but the more one practices, the easier it becomes.

Casting on for the toe was probably the hardest part for me. I normally use a figure-8 technique or Judy's Magic Cast On. Both can be found by googling.

There is a fabulous tutorial, with lots of pictures, techniques, and discussions on the socknitters site. Here is the link to Denise's Toe Up Socks upon which I base most of my toe-up socks. I find that short row heels do not fit my foot well, as I have a high instep (which I did not know prior to knitting socks.) For me, I much prefer the dutch heel which is explained in detail at the socknitter's site. One of the biggest problems I can see about toe-up is binding off too tightly. But it's easy to rectify that without too much trouble.

Another area which presents difficulties is deciding when to start the gusset increases. For my size 9 foot, I start increasing at 6 3/4" and normally increase about an inch worth of stitches on each side. In otherwords, at 8 stitches per inch, I increase 8 stitches. Once your sock fits correctly, you will know the right length for all your future socks.

So, it comes down to this: learn a new technique and use every last inch of your yarn, or continue working socks top down, and sweating all the while that you will run out of yarn! I think it's an easy choice!

7 comments:

Margaret said...

So as long as you're talking toe-up and new techniques... Wendy Johnson's toe-up sock patt is the one I've been using for a while now, and you can modify it endlessly for fit and designs(SR heels do work for me, but I do different heels/ankles for my brother, etc.). For the toe, it starts with a provisional cast-on, and then you short-row over the toe and back to your cast on, and pick up your stitches. Easy as pie and you can even get some lovely effects depending on your yarn colouration. Check it out at http://www.wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm.

Sharon said...

I think I can, I think I can oh that was an engine... I hope I can, I hope I can learn the cast on to knit socks toe up. Of course, you make sense with hoe long to make the crew. Do you find you use different cuff patterns with your standard foot pattern?

Cindy M said...

Wendy Johnson's toe-up sock pattern is very good and I've followed it myself. I prefer Denise's pattern for the toe because there is no need to know how many stitches one needs for the foot when casting on. If I make a normal sock with normal yarn, I already know how many stitches I need for the foot. But for handspun, I use the toe for my gauge sample and work the increases until it just fits. I say try different methods and use what works best for you.

Lucy said...

Thank you!! I'm definitely going to check out those links and get started on a toe-up pair! Watch this space...

Lucy said...

ok, that's just not funny. I've spent the last three hours creating a toe-up sock toe and I had soooo much work I was supposed to be doing!! Somebody come and hide all my needles - I can't put them down!
You do know it's all your fault, don't you...?

Cindy M said...

Lucy, I've been blamed for lots of things in my life, but I'm most proud of my enabling. Welcome to the toe-up crowd. Keep us posted.

Lucy said...

Check it out! I have given you all the blame... :-D

http://knittingsheep.blogspot.com/2009/02/displacement-activity.html

And I really, really should have been marking those books!