View Poll Results: Toe-up Socks or Cuff-down Socks - Which Do You Prefer?
Toe-up method 3 21.43%
Cuff-down method 11 78.57%
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:56 PM   #1
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Toe-Up Or Cuff-Down Socks
I like the idea of making socks from the toe up because you can make the cuff whichever length is needed for the amount of yarn you have. However, I have not been able to find a bind off that is satisfactory and looks nice. After spending all that time making the sock I don't want the bind off to scream HOMEMADE!

Three times now I have made socks this way just to frog the whole pair and redo them from the cuff down. That is a lot of wasted time, but I figure it's better to redo them than for me to never wear them.

All of the socks I make now are from the cuff down. The cuffs look so much better and are stretchy enough to comfortably go on my feet.

I want to know though what the ratio is between these two methods. And, is there really a nice cuff bind off?

If you make your socks from the toe-up, please list your bind off instructions along with a good picture of the finished cuffs, if you can. Thanks!
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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I double knit all my socks and haven't been able to figure out how you would cast on and increase to get a satisfactory toe and stay sane. So I do all mine cuff down.

I'm not worried about the looks. I often cast on 1/3 more and decrease every other stitch which looks a little rough if you do it right at the cast on.
It depends on if I'm thinking about that or not for if I decrease too early and end up with it looking bad.
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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I've done very few toe up socks, but the bind off I've used is EZ sewn bind off.
http://www.woolywonder.com/classpage...ewncastoff.htm
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATsum06TT.html - close to the bottom of this page.
http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/lessonsix.htm
http://www.petrova.com/knittingclass...n/BindOff.html

http://weebleknits.blogspot.com/2003...bind-offs.html
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:11 AM   #4
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I voted toe-up, but I've only made one pair so I might like cuff down too. Used the sewn bind-off I found in silver's sock class (http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2mlsocks_bindoff.htm) and am very happy with it. I'll try to get a good picture for you.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:44 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Mirl56 View Post
I've done very few toe up socks, but the bind off I've used is EZ sewn bind off.
http://www.woolywonder.com/classpage...ewncastoff.htm
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATsum06TT.html - close to the bottom of this page.
http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/lessonsix.htm
http://www.petrova.com/knittingclass...n/BindOff.html

http://weebleknits.blogspot.com/2003...bind-offs.html
Amen to the sewn bindoff! I learned that one after a pair of socks I made for my husband. He wore them twice even with the cuff so tight, and the cuff yarn snapped! I had to redo part of the leg because it had unravelled while he was at work. The sewn bindoff made everything perfect.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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Now I've done EZ's sewn off method on the last two pair of toe-up socks, but still they didn't have as much ease as the cuff down socks that I make. I guess maybe I am hoping for the unattainable. I want to be able to make socks either way and be as equally happy with the results.
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