View Full Version : toe up vs cuff down socks

04-20-2007, 02:06 PM
I've been knitting socks top down for a while and lovin' it. So, I figured I'd love knitting toe up. Well, I googled some instructions, figured out what a provisional cast on was, did a short row toe and heel (pretty well, I might add; no big gaping holes), and am working my way up the k3p3 ribbed leg. I'm using 2 circs (Options). Technically it really looks quite good, no holes or ladders, but for some reason, I just don't like knitting socks this way. I sorta miss my dpns, but I think I miss the heel flap and turn.

Am I weird or what? Isn't a sock, a sock, a sock? I simply have no great interest in finishing these socks. I thought this would be good to learn cuz I wouldn't have so much left over yarn. But I am finding no joy in knitting this thing. It may be my first pair to fall victim to SSS (second sock syndrome).

I did like doing the provisional cast on. That was kinda cool.

Anybody else ever find themselves in such a silly predictament??


nadja la claire
04-20-2007, 02:14 PM
Check out Silver's 2 toe-up ML tutorial. I haven't tried it yet but many people swear by it.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja xxx

04-20-2007, 02:37 PM
Why don't you do the next sock using your DPNs?? You can still do it toe up. I'm making my first toe up pair that way right now, using DPNs. You can do the heel any way you want even with toe up. Don't let your sock be a lonely entity!

04-20-2007, 02:46 PM
you could also try widdershins (http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTwiddershins.html). I haven't tried it, but it's a toe up sock with a heel flap and gusset.

04-20-2007, 04:41 PM
Toe up is my favorite. As far as SSS, the magic loop for two socks at once really solves that. it does seem like they take forever though since you're doing both at once. You can also do both at once on two sets of DPNs if you prefer those to magic loop.

As for missing the the heel flap...interesting. Maybe you were just meant to do top downs!

04-21-2007, 01:27 AM
It sounds like it's the way you're doing them that you dislike, rather than the fact that they're toe-up: you prefer socks knit with DPNs and flap heels, so no wonder you dislike these toe-up sicks knit on circs with a short-row heel.
Remember - no grafting, and toe-ups don't need a pattern, just stop increasing when they're wide enough, and knit away!
The main advantage of toe-ups for me is that I know I'll have enough wool and can make the socks exactly as long as the wool allows with none left over... but for those who like having spare bits for darning or will use them in other patterns, less of a plus

04-21-2007, 03:25 AM
I was in that situation once, but only mine is the reverse. I do not like knitting socks cuff down. Toe up is the way for me! I learned that way, and that's how I'll keep doin it (aside from unusually structured socks). I can't stand knitting socks cuff down. I use DPNs though. I have yet to try 2 circs.