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Old 02-10-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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Socks : Top down vs.toe up
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!!
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:38 AM   #2
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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

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
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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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 this pattern!
http://aestheticentanglementz.blogsp...-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.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:30 PM   #5
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I like to go cuff -->down.

I agree with sunshine, I love doing the kitchener's stitch at the end XD
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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.
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Originally Posted by Sunshine's Mom View Post
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...I also like the Sherman short row heel no wrapping...no hole
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:37 PM   #8
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:32 PM   #10
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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.
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