Is it easier to knit socks top down or toe up?
I like to recommend new sock knitters start with a top-down sock, for the simple reason that the start is easier. They both have their tricky bits: the toe of a toe-up sock can be fiddly, and the gusset pickup can be challenging for a top-down sock.
How many stitches do you cast on for toe up socks?
The Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock for Adults calls for 56 stitches around the cuff for a medium, or 28 stitches on each needle. Find a cable pattern that is 4 or 7 stitches wide, and work it along the top of the foot, knitting the sole of the foot in Stockinette stitch, and then work the cables around the entire cuff.
What is a toe up sock?
These socks are a quintessential toe-up construction. You cast on and increase at the toe, then, in order, you work the foot; increase for the gusset; turn the heel; create the heel flap with nice cushion-y slip stitches; and the homestretch… work the leg to the top edge.
What is Magic Loop sock knitting?
The beauty of the magic loop method is that you can knit two socks at the same time if you want, especially after you get comfortable with the technique. If you do decide to double up, use a yarn bowl to keep your sock yarn from getting too tangled up, and to keep your tension even.
How do you knit a round toe sock?
Kelley’s Rounded-Toe Pattern
- Round 1: Knit across round.
- Round 2: * K1, Kfb, knit to last three stitches on needle one, Kfb, K2.
- Round 3: Repeat round 2 until you have 22 (24, 26) stitches per needle which is a total stitch count of 44 (48, 52).
- Round 4-5: Repeat round 1.
- Round 6: Repeat round 2.
How many stitches should I cast on for socks?
If you knit from the top-down, as a rule of thumb, you’ll need to cast on around 14 or 15 stitches per needle (56 or 60 stitches total) if you have a regular woman’s size and 16 or 17 stitches per needle (64 or 68 stitches total) for a regular men’s size.
How do you finish toe socks?
If you’re looking to finish your own pair of toe-up socks, I have two recommendations for you….Here’s all you need to do.
- Knit two stitches.
- Slip the left needle into the front of those two stitches.
- Knit the two stitches together through the back loop.
- Knit a stitch.
- Repeat steps 2-4 until you finish.