Technical Tuesday: Sock Succession One of Three

I am going to admit that I was a little bit at a loss for what to write about this week. I kept thinking and pondering what kind of technique I should cover. Everything that came to mind I had already covered. At this point I realized that I was thinking about it too hard and I needed an outside opinion. I asked Lena and she came up with THREE topics right away. I felt like this should have been immediately obvious to me, but it is very similar to when you are looking for the mustard in the fridge. You can’t see it even though it is right in front of your face.

With Lena’s excellent recommendation, I am going to make a three part series about our favourite subject… yes… socks! I blogged about the different heel types, but I did NOT talk about the different ways you can choose to knit a sock. I talk about cuff down socks all the time, this is my go-to knitting technique, but another way is the opposite; from the toe up.

After scouring  YouTube, here are my favourites.

Some of the benefits of knitting a sock toe up, are; using all your yarn. I passed over this subject briefly when talking about the different sock heels but never really got down to the dirt of the situation. When you are knitting from the cuff down you do not really know how much yarn you will need. After you have knitted quite a few socks, you’re more able to guess how long to make the shaft of the sock. In cuff down you cannot just add another inch or two when you’re getting to the end of the sock because you would be adding it to the instep. This would make the sock too long for your foot and I guarantee it would end up in the lonely land of single socks, or you might finish it to give away to someone with bigger feet.

By knitting from the toe up, you are able to try on your sock as you go along and guesstimate the yardage a little better. I enjoy making two balls with a skein so I can tell when I am getting to the halfway point. This way you just keep knitting up to the cuff of your sock and will have very little yarn leftover. This is a win for me personally because I have hundreds of little balls of sock yarn leftover. I am going to collect them and make something with them eventually. It would be more beneficial to stop collecting all these tiny extra balls of yarn!

This last one is not a particular advantage to me, but I know many who would flock to toe up knitting simply because they can escape the dreaded Kitchener stitch. When you knit cuff down socks, you have to graft the toe together. I am not particularly afraid of this, I actually really like it. DON’T JUDGE ME!! I think it is really cool that you cannot even see where you grafted the end together! People always ask me why it looks like I just kept knitting and I look at them with a smile so smug I don’t know how I haven’t been slapped yet. I digress; you can knit your socks from the toe up and completely avoid the Kitchener stitch! The only thing you will have to watch is the cast off around the cuff and if your cast off has a good tension, you should have no problems.

That is all I have for toe up socks at the moment! Feel free to email me or comment below with any questions or suggestions; even to give me a cyber-slap because of my smugness when using the Kitchener stitch.