Simple Toe-Up Socks Knitting Pattern

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Sarah E White

These simple toe-up socks are a great way to learn the techniques needed for toe-up sock knitting without having to worry about any patterning. They knit up really quickly, it feels like they go faster than cuff-down socks, and because you can try them on at every stage they are sure to fit perfectly.

Gauge and Size

This pattern has a gauge of 30 stitches and 44 rounds per four inches (seven stitches and 11 rounds per inch) in stockinette in the round. A finished sock is about eight inches around, nine inches long from the toe to back of the heel, and seven inches long in the leg. It's made to fit an average-sized woman.

Materials

  • About 270 yards of superfine sock yarn
  • Set of Size One US (2.25 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn ruler
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Toe Pattern

Cast on 16 stitches using the Turkish cast on, beginning with two needles and adding more as you gain stitches.

Round One: Knit in the front and back, knit to one stitch from the end of the needle, KFB. Repeat on the second needle.

Round Two: Knit. Repeat these two rounds until you have 60 stitches, dividing onto more needles as needed, but keeping the increases in the same places (so they line up all the way up the toe).

Foot

Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures about seven inches, or about two inches shorter than you need the foot to be for you.

Heel

This is a short row heel and it's super simple to alter if you used more or fewer stitches on your sock. Just start with half your stitches, work wraps on two-thirds of the stitches, leaving one-third in the middle unwrapped. Begin by putting 30 stitches onto one needle. You will work back and forth on these stitches to shape the heel.

Knit across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.

Purl across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.

Repeat these two rows, working one fewer stitch on each side, until 10 stitches have been wrapped on each side of 10 unwrapped stitches in the center.

Next, work across to the first wrapped stitch, lift the wrap and work it together with the stitch it was wrapping. Turn the work. Repeat on the other side. Continue in this manner, working one more stitch each row and picking up the wraps as you go, until you've worked across all the stitches.

Leg

Continue working in the round from this point. Work in stockinette stitch six inches, or one inch shorter than the desired length of your sock. Work one inch in knit two, purl two ribbing. Finally, bind off using a really stretchy bind off—try a stretchy bind off technique.