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Old 08-18-2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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Pointy Toes (A Sock Rant)
I enjoy knitting socks, but I don't enjoy wearing hand-knit socks. Why? Because of the toes. I don't like those pointy V toes! I'm not talking about how you finish the toes (kitchener, or 3-needle bind off, or pull the yarn through the remaining loops), I'm talking about the toe decreases on the sides that end up making the toe pointed no matter how you finish it off.

I don't like the way it looks and I really don't like the way it feels. I don't have V-shaped toes and I don't know of anyone else who has V-shaped toes, so I don't want to knit V-shaped socks.

Do I have any other options? I have several sock books but I don't see anything else I can do. (BTW - have you ever noticed that the socks are photographed from the side so it looks like the toes are nice and rounded?)

I haven't tried a toe-up pattern, is that any better? I've heard that toe-up patterns are harder to find. Please help, because I'm very discouraged right now.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:34 PM   #2
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Down with pointy toes!
Hi!

Like you, I don't like the pointy toes on hand-knit socks. Here's how I handle it --

On many patterns it says to knit to where you have 4 stitches left at the toe - 2 on each needle. I knit until I have at least 8 stitches left (4 or each needle) or even more, depending on how it looks with the yarn. Then I use Kitchener stitch to graft the opening closed.

If the length of the sock comes up a bit short on the toe decreases, just add a couple of rows when you first start the decreases and it'll work itself out.

Hope this helps!

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I knit round toes. 'Cos my toes aren't pointy!
HERE is a pattern I found that has round toes..... And HERE is another. There used to be a web site that had a wonderful selection of toes and heels, but the link no longer works.
Maybe one of these will be good for you.
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One thing you can do is decrease more often toward the end. Also when start to graft take the second stitch and pull it over the first stitch on each needle then graft. I haven't tried it, but it's supposed to make them neater w/o those points.
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:28 AM   #5
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there a few different ways of shapng toes. These are the the toe shaping instructions i use: Persnickety Knitter anatomically correct socks.

I like this because it is a formula that can be used on any sock pattern in place of the normal toes. I am going to have look at the toes in the other patterns mentioned here.
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On my first pair of socks I "messed up" by decreasing till there were 12 on each needle instead of 12 (6 on each needle).

I didn't realize it till I did the second sock....and then I realized I LIKED it that way...makes a much rounder toe.
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I also don't decrease down to as few stitches as called for in most patterns. I start decreasing at about 1 3/4" instead of 2" and when I get down to about 20 stitches I decrease every row for a couple of rows and I start grafting with 16 stitches left 8 on each needle and they fit the shape of my toes well. I vary the stitch count a bit depending on the weight of the yarn I used.
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I haven't read the other replies, so forgive me if I'm repeating, but this is what I do. I decrease as the pattern says to (every other row, with plain knit rows alternating) until I have half the number of stitches left. So if I started off with 60sts, I do toe decreases every other round until 30sts remain. Then I switch to doing toe decreases every round until approximately 10-12sts remain (depending on how many stitches you start with, and I kind of go until the toe "looks right") and then graft.
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I agree 100%. I have been trying to figure out how to make the toe decreases in such a way that they actually fit my foot. Those instructions seem to fit the bill. Another "adjustment I make to get a better fit is to do a decrease on each side of the sole where your foot narrows, knit about an inch and then increase back. This gives a sung fit under the arch of your foot.
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Everything my grandma knits has points, gloves, mitts, socks, slippers...but she also doesn't us a pattern for anything either...*shrugs*
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