Feb 27, 2014

Toe-Up is my Go-To

Do you remember my recent snow-day post when I cast on this pretty sock?


I had seen so many lovely cuff-down socks on needles that I went against my normal toe-up routine. Well, I realized after I finished the first sock and was about to start on the afterthought heel that I just didn't love the fit. It felt baggy around the ankle and my kitchener toe looked a bit sad.



I wasn't satisfied so ripped the whole sock back.  I know, I'm like the unravelling queen these days.  I started over with these gorgeous new needles and cast on with my trusty toe-up method and could not be happier. I even got the afterthought heel all set up (yes, I'll be switching back to the new needles to knit the actual heel).


I'm still knitting the pinstripe sock pattern and really love how these are coming along.  Let's just hope I don't get SSS (you know, second-sock-syndrome)!



14 comments:

  1. I just left a comment on another space saying that I want to learn to knit socks from the toe up! I learned cuff down.

    I knit both socks at the same time, just on different dpn's. I do the cuff on each sock, then move to the leg, ect. That way no SSS.

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    1. I need to do this with my next pair of socks ~ another excuse to pick up some more new DPNs!

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  2. Lol..."Second Sock Syndrome"!!! I iave only knitted one (yes, one) sock top down and hated it, so knitted toe-up and love it so much i made a matching pair! Thats my go-to too!

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    1. Glad to know we're in the same "club."

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  3. Your stripes are perfectly even, good lookin' sock!

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  4. What a cool colorway. I want to try cuff down again on skinnier needles but am worried about the fit. I would bawl at having to frog it all. Oh, too many options!

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  5. Lovely socks with all the essentials: great yarn, skillful knitting, simple pattern.

    LOL: I too am turning into the queen of unraveling. Started the year by frogging several large projects and my froggy eyes are starting to stray to a few others that might be likely prospects ...

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  6. I love the colorway for this sock -- so cheerful. I'm learning to be patient and rip back when needed. It's better to take the extra time and be satisfied with the final project.

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  7. Your socks are looking good! I think it's great that there are so many ways to knit socks to match all our individual preferences, knitting styles and body shape. Yours is obviously toe-up. My cast offs are always way too tight, so toe-up doesn't work with me because I end up with too-tight cuffs (which look yuck if I also try the stretchy cast-off). I also have a high instep and narrow heels, so the cuff-down works very well to create a good fit. Yay for variety!

    Looking forward to seeing your finished socks!

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  8. I'm still so new to sock knitting. I think I'm tanking this pair of men's socks I am trying to knit, but I will see the first sock through, just to understand. I've never done toe up and I want to, and I want to learn to knit two at a time, and on circulars up and down why not? Wee Pleasures recommended a good book ... we'll see what happens. Evelyn, I really love how you admit to frogging things, because you know in the end "it's not right". It's something I struggle with.

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  9. I love the colours, I don't get on with cuff down either, I find the toe up a much better fit. Have a great weekend. Deb x

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  10. I seem to unravel as much as I knit! But a lot of what I do is experimental and experiments don't always work! These socks look great now, and all the better for you being happier with them :)

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  11. I love the pattern! Good for you for trusting your instincts and ripping back.

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