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betweenshades
07-30-2006, 06:38 AM
okay. I've been knitting for about 2 years now and have had no large issues with anything I've tackled thus far. I've actually figured out solutions to things on my own... until now.

I think it's safe to say that I'm beginning to LOATHE toe-up socks. I've never been so annoyed with a project! I feel cramped, I keep having to frog and I've almost given up.

I'm NOT giving up, mind you- I just am really frustrated. I feel like I've done everything! Right now I'm knitting on a bigger set of needles with warsted yarn to see if I just need to get used to the feel of it. It's not working.

I want my cuff-down socks back.

If anyone has any tips, I'd appriciate it.

itsbecca1979
07-30-2006, 07:23 AM
I wish I had advice...I've only ever done cuff down myself. I do have a pattern for toe-up though...not sure I wanna try it now! *hugs*

betweenshades
07-30-2006, 07:48 AM
I'm sure it will be fine after I get past the toe. It's just annoying now!

Nikki
07-30-2006, 08:11 AM
:heart: I KNOW how maddening it can be(just learning short row heels here)-and I'm sorry. I wish I could help, but I've never done toe up.
Nikki

RachelJean
07-30-2006, 09:16 AM
I haven't done toe-up socks yet, but I do want to learn. You might want to check out this website. http://www.socknitters.com/. There's a lot of information there about sock knitting. Maybe you'll find an easier way to start the toe. Hope it helps.

kemp
07-30-2006, 09:34 AM
I have done lots of toe up socks...what it it exactly that is driving you crazy? Is it the increases being kind of tight? What pattern is it or are you just doing a basic one?

If it is the increases that are giving you fits, you may want to try as short row toe...instructions HERE (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html)

THIS (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html) might help too.

betweenshades
07-30-2006, 11:10 AM
no, the increases are fine. :)

It's the narrowness of the toe- there's no room to manouver. Perhaps it's the way I casted on?

Like I said, I'm sure it will be fine once I get into the foot. :)

kemp
07-30-2006, 12:25 PM
Well...could be...how many did you cast on? A pointier toe is definitely more difficult starting out.

Emeraldcutie
07-30-2006, 04:30 PM
If its the cast on, try the magic cast on from knitt spring 06. It is amazing, done on 1 circular and I did it the first try.

Here's the link.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html

And the sock below shows the toes done using this method.

samm
07-31-2006, 07:21 PM
Nikki! Do you like the shortrow heel? I do. I prefer it. How has it been for you!? samm

betweenshades
08-01-2006, 10:19 AM
If its the cast on, try the magic cast on from knitt spring 06. It is amazing, done on 1 circular and I did it the first try.

Here's the link.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html

And the sock below shows the toes done using this method.

those are really pretty!

I'm attempting this (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTwiddershins.html) from knitty with the magic cast on. It WAS easy to cast on, but getting past the toe is a PITA for me. I'm putting it down until I get my gloves done. :)

schoen1605
08-01-2006, 04:51 PM
For making increases to the toe, I like this:
http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/prelimassign.htm

After my first toe-up sock with short-row toe and heel, I vowed to myself never to make another toe-up sock. But then I heard about the Magic cast on for toes and decided to give it a try. The link above makes it easier to make m1's (using Method C). I haven't yet decided on a best heel, but the one that's a continuation of the toe-up page is nice.

betweenshades
08-01-2006, 05:06 PM
thankfully, the increases aren't the issue. :)