Lilac socks – toe up knitted socks

I really enjoyed making these socks – all because this time I used a thicker wool. You can read more rublings about this in my previous post.

Here I would like to share a couple of ideas about construction.

These are the second toe-up socks I made. You can read more about the first pair here. And I must say, that I doubt I’ll ever make socks from cuff down again.

First of all, toe-up first gives me more reassurance about the yarn quantity. You just stop when you know you’re half through the yarn that you have. No need to do any estimation beforehand. You can also decide how long you want your sock to be by actually trying it on.

Secondly, I somehow feel more comfortable in general due to the fact that I can try the sock on all the time, it just gives me reassurance I need – having comparatively little experience in making socks.

I would like also to discuss here the heel techniques a little bit. When I made cuff down socks, I always used classic heel flap, where you need to pick up stitches on the sides, and I never liked it. So this is another benefit of toes up sock for me. However, I am not entirely happy with the heel on this pair. I have used Basic Bed Socks pattern by Emily Bolduan this time. And the pattern itself is great – very simple and clear. Hoever, somehow, the look of this heel construction annoys me… Also, there’s no reinforcement for the heel. Finally, this is was my first time doing German short rows, and I have large holes next to the double stitches, especially in the corners.

So I think for future pairs I will turn back to Vanilla Sock by Jo Torr pattern which I used for my Malachite socks linked above.

What’s you favourite sock knitting method?


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      Thank you Maya! You should give it a go. I never particularly likes knitting socks, but using a thicker yarn made a huge difference for me.

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