View Full Version : What did I do wrong with these socks?

07-06-2009, 01:00 PM
I am attempting to knit my first pair of socks. I am using a toe-up pattern where I work with 2 circs. This is my second time at starting these socks. I keep getting to the same point in the socks and keep getting the same result.

Can anyone help me figure out why the tip of the toes look like this?

Here are the instructions:

Cast On: Take the yarn from the first skein, hold the two needles side by side and, using the long-tail method, cast on sts on alternating needles (i.e. CO 1 st on front needle, 1 st on back needle) until there are 8 sts on each needle (This is Sock One).
Repeat with the other skein of yarn (This is Sock Two). You now have two socks cast on.
Knit 1 round, placing a marker at the center (between stitches 4 and 5) of Side One on each sock. Donít put markers on Side Two.
Toe Increases: Inc 1 (knit into the front and back of the stitch) in the first st of Sock One, knit until there are 2 sts left, inc 1 in the next st, K1. Repeat this on both sides of both socks.
Keep increasing on both socks, every row, until there are 16 sts on each side of both socks.
Knit 1 round.
Continue increasing every other round until there are 40 (48, 56, 60, 64, 68) sts total per sock.

Jan in CA
07-06-2009, 01:07 PM
Did you miss an increase maybe? :think:

07-06-2009, 01:23 PM
It looks like you knit a round w/out increases before starting the incs.

But I also wonder at increasing every round - seems too fast. Shouldn't it be every other round?

Where's the pattern from? Can you post a link? Or name the book it's from?

07-06-2009, 03:02 PM
Unfortunately, I cannot identify the source of my directions. I copied and pasted it into a Word document and forgot to include the URL.

I may frog it and try to find another toe-up pattern.

07-06-2009, 03:12 PM
I found it again. Here is the link:

07-06-2009, 04:32 PM
Ok, you're right, you knit it just like it says to. I don't know though, still seems like the increases are too fast. I'd find some other toe up patterns and compare the toes.

07-07-2009, 10:20 AM
I tend to knit top down socks mostly and don't like the pointy toe that the standard decrease give so I decrease every row once I'm about halfway down the toe.
It seems that increasing every row to start off a toe would give you the same more rounded effect on your sock as my toe decreases. My feet are not real pointy, I guess I never got into fashionable shoes with the narrow toe box.
It does look like you maybe knit more than one row without an increase, or that the toe will shape itself better once it's on the foot.

07-07-2009, 10:57 AM
I have often experienced the same look. In the pattern you knit the first round with out an increase, this gives you two rounds of the same size (Cast-on and 1st knit round). I have started to increase in the first round and have avoided this look. I cast-on increase (front and back) for the first and last stitch on the first needle and the first and last stitch on the second needle.

This should have no impact on the fit of the sock.

07-07-2009, 05:12 PM
I did my 1st pair of toe-up socks recently (picture posted yesterday in Watchaknitting) Mandorla Socks, and I did not have a funnel end. I used Judy's Magic Cast-on. I dont know how to do a link but it is at www.knitty.com/issueSpring06/FEATmagiccastonhtml. if that makes sense.

Oh, it magically linked it by itself!!

07-08-2009, 09:03 AM
Thank you for all your comments and suggestions. I have frogged the socks and the yarn is waiting for my lunch break to begin again. I think that I will try Judy's Magic Cast-On for socks. I read through it and it is not much different than what I was doing. (I used a long-tail CO.) I also found a different pattern and will be nixing the one that I was using. It didn't have a picture anyway and I am a visual person!

Thanks again.:knitting: