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girlknits
02-10-2010, 10:30 AM
I really like knitting socks top down, but I would like to try a pair of toe up. Just wondering what others liked better. Thanks!!

dustinac
02-10-2010, 11:38 AM
I know a lot of people like going toe up so they can keep a closer watch on how much yarn they have left and then make the cuff a shorter length if need be.

I like either way :happydance:

Although my favorite toe up cast on are the provisional and figure 8 (this is another matter of opinion though)

ETA: my favorite toe up bind off is Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Cast off

mrseldoo
02-10-2010, 12:06 PM
I just completed my first pair of top down magic loop socks.

Now I am working on 2 at once, toe up socks. I have found this tutorial/ pattern that lets you calculate an EXACT fit for the socks. I :heart: this pattern!
http://aestheticentanglementz.blogspot.com/2008/07/mash-up-magic-toe-up-socks-workshop.html


I also tried Judy' Magic cast on and I love it. There is a great video on YouTube on how to do it. I really, really like I don not have to go back and graft, or kitchener stitch.

Sunshine's Mom
02-10-2010, 12:15 PM
I prefer top down because I like the heel better and I really like to do the kitchener stitch. I know. I'm odd.

I do not like toe-up heels with the whole "wrap and turn" hoo-ha. I do like doing "Judy's magic cast-on" however, which is the only reason why I'd do a toe-up sock. That and, since learning of the super stretchy bind off, I'll probably try another toe-up pattern. But I'll continue mostly doing top down.

meowmeowmeow
02-10-2010, 12:30 PM
I like to go cuff -->down.

I agree with sunshine, I love doing the kitchener's stitch at the end XD

AngelaR
02-10-2010, 12:34 PM
I have tried toe up and not been successful. Maybe another day. So I really do prefer top down socks because I know that best and now that I know how to do the Kitchner stitch, my socks look good. I've always got socks OTN. :)

dustinac
02-10-2010, 12:34 PM
I prefer top down because I like the heel better and I really like to do the kitchener stitch. I know. I'm odd.

I do not like toe-up heels with the whole "wrap and turn" hoo-ha. I do like doing "Judy's magic cast-on" however, which is the only reason why I'd do a toe-up sock. That and, since learning of the super stretchy bind off, I'll probably try another toe-up pattern. But I'll continue mostly doing top down.

You could work a gusset heel backwards like in this sock pattern (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/socks/maizy-sydney-socks.html)...I also like the Sherman short row heel (http://cabezalana.blogspot.com/2007/04/sherman-short-row-sock-pictorial-tour.html)no wrapping...no hole

Jan in CA
02-10-2010, 01:37 PM
I've done both and like both ways. I have to follow a pattern for toe up at this point, but I can do top down w/o a pattern which is nice. Try both and see which you prefer.

Abby123
02-10-2010, 02:58 PM
I know a lot of people like going toe up so they can keep a closer watch on how much yarn they have left and then make the cuff a shorter length if need be.

I've only made toe down socks. Couldn't get the hang of the figure 8 cast on for toe up. But being able to adjust the cuff so you don't run out of yarn might be a big enough incentive for me to learn.

vaknitter
02-10-2010, 07:32 PM
Toe-up two at a time with magic loop. I used to make socks one at a time from the cuff down and I am sooo A.D.D. that it was almost impossible for me to make 2 socks of the same length/size. My LYS owner patiently walked me through magic loop, two at a time toe-up and I've never looked back.

jdee
02-10-2010, 09:43 PM
It depends on my mood. I like both methods.

Debkcs
02-11-2010, 05:35 AM
Toe up for me; with all my foot problems, it's easier to increase, decrease, or add length as needed. Plus, it wows my friends when I take my knitting places.

"TWO at a time, toe up? Fantastic!"

Or as one Princess Bride fan put it, "Inconceivable!"

fluffybunny
02-12-2010, 02:07 PM
Yes, if yarn is at all short, I go toe up. But mostly I knit top down because my rib cast offs are too tight. Looking for a really great stretchy rib cast off!

zkimom
02-12-2010, 04:19 PM
I like both! Kitchener stitch is cool once you get the hang of it but toe up is fun too. Don't ever do one at a time socks, though. It's 2-at-a-time all the way for me :woot: