Simple Toe-Up Socks Knitting Pattern

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The Spruce / 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 4 inches (7 stitches and 11 rounds per inch) in stockinette in the round. A finished sock is about 8 inches around, 9 inches long from the toe to back of the heel, and 7 inches long in the leg. It's made to fit an average-sized woman.



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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.

  1. Knit in the front and back, knit to one stitch from the end of the needle, KFB. Repeat on the second needle.
  2. 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).


Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures about 7 inches, or about 2 inches shorter than you need the foot to be for you.


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 2/3 of the stitches, leaving 1/3 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.

  1. Knit across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.
  2. Purl across to the last stitch on the needle, wrap and turn.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Continue working in the round from this point. Work in stockinette stitch 6 inches, or 1 inch shorter than the desired length of your sock. Work 1 inch in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing. Finally, bind off—try a really stretchy bind off technique.