Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

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Published July 11, 2018
Last Updated: July 9, 2020 - Current Version: 4.5
Update notes: Added Sl 1 (purlwise) to abbreviations, added link to KnitFreedom pattern page.

Toe-Up Socks for Men
Pink Opal fingering weight socks for Magic Loop

Here is a free basic beginner pattern for fingering weight socks, toe-up socks, one– or two-at a time, using Magic Loop. It’s the one I use in all my classes, and my students always get great results.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • Finished Measurements: To fit foot circumference: 7(8,9) inches

Materials

  • Yarn: 150-400 yds fingering-weight yarn (amount of yarn needed depends on length of cuff – 200 yds are needed for a pair of crew-length socks).
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 2 (2.75 mm) or size required to get gauge (7 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, Tapestry needle, Scissors, (optional) sock blockers

Gauge

  • 7 sts/in in St st

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16 thoughts on “Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern”

  1. incogknitosop@gmail.com

    Where do I measure my foot to figure out what size I am? The link to the basic chart isn’t loading.

  2. I’m getting frustrated because ALWAYS my socks are knit to fit, but the heel stretches out and ends up hanging off the back of my shoe! Therefore, I would like to just knit a plain tube sock. How can I adapt the pattern to make it a tube sock? Also, since there won’t be a heel, can I use whatever size needle I wish (probably a 3) and just knit all the way to the cuff? Thanks tons (and inches!)

    1. Hi Dear,
      Sorry for the slow reply! You can cast on for the toe and increase to the width of the foot like normal following the pattern. Then just knit in the round until it’s time to do the ribbing for the cuff. Skip all the heel instructions (lucky you!)

      You need to use a needle size that will get you the right gauge (7 sts/in), so if you get the right gauge on 3’s, go for ith.

  3. I just downloaded your free pattern for Fingering-Weight Top-Down Socks for Magic Loop. There is no instruction in the pattern for doing Magic Loop. Is this an oversight? You indicated that you prefer Magic Loop, which requires one circular needle, and this would be confusing to someone who didn’t know the ins and outs of doing Magic Loop. Thanks for your help and suggestions.

  4. skye.wylie@gmail.com

    I am knitting the large size of the toe-up fingering socks, magic loop. After the heel, I have 35 stitches, not 33. A friend also knitting the same pattern, also ended up with 35. What are we missing? We did the heel turn until the K1 after SSK was the last stitch left, and then continued knitting in the runs as per pattern. Suggestions?

    1. Hi Skye,
      Thank you so much for your comment, and sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. I will have to test this out myself on the large size, but I assume you are right. Here is what I would add to the pattern: Add another decrease round after Rounds 1 and 2 after the heel as follows: Knit one plain round and then work another K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts on needle, K2tog, K1 on the heel needle.
      I hope this helps!
      Thanks so much,
      -Liat

  5. Hello! Where is the video tutorial? I purchased it and used it for a previous pair of socks. I am ready to use it again but cannot find it. I need help with my first row after Judy’s Magic cast on — I remember it was very helpful.

    1. Good question! Slip the stitches purlwise.
      PS – that’s always my default – purlwise unless the pattern says otherwise. Because if you slip the stitch knitwise it will twist the stitch.
      Hope this helps!
      <3 Liat

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