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Old 07-08-2007, 09:09 PM   #1
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Decrease before grafting toes
Hey everyone! I'm knitting a sock, and I'm ready to begin decreasing to shape the toes. I made one pair of socks before, but I just decreased until I had 8 stitches remaining, then pulled the yarn through the remaining to close it. I'm going to *try* and graft these toes, but I'm not sure how many stitches I should decrease to before grafting. Do I decrease all the way to eight, or should I leave more?

Edit: Okay, I looked at Silver's tutorial and though it doesn't list socks with my stitch count exactly, I'm thinking about 20 stitches left is when I should graft. However, I'm just sort of guessing. What do you guys think?
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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Total 20 stitches, 10 for top/10 for bottom is what I genrally do.

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Old 07-08-2007, 11:01 PM   #3
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I've done both 14 and 16, because I don't like my toes squished.

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Old 07-08-2007, 11:13 PM   #4
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you will love grafting, once you get it down. i've gotten it perfected to where i don't pull the stitch too tight or too loose. it just blends beautifully and is totally seamless.
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Old 07-09-2007, 12:56 AM   #5
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It depends on gauge but if memory serves it is often 8. However I would say start grafting whenever you decide the toe is the correct roundness for you, and several rows shorter or longer is unlikely to change the fit. here's a good resource. i would recommend that you practise on a swatch first if the explanations don't immediately make sense. Check out other directions online as well, sometimes an explanation is perfectly good but won't quite click for no good reason.
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