Toe-up socks are a great technique to increase your skills as an intermediate knitter. At KnitFreedom we specialize in teaching toe-up socks, two-at-a-time, on Magic Loop. Specific skills include Judy's Magic Cast-On, the Fleegle heel and the faux heel-flap heel, and bind-offs like Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off.

Video Knitting Course: Mastering Magic Loop Socks

Knitting socks is easy and fun when you use Magic Loop. You can even knit them two-at-a-time! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

Learn Magic Loop, Toe-Up Two-at-a-Time Socks, and Top-Down Two-at-a-Time socks in this bundle class that includes 8 different sock patterns for all yarn weights.


Video Knitting Course: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks

Toe-up socks are the hippest and most addictive project in knitting right now, and it's easy to see why.

Knitters love making their socks from the toe-up because they can try on as they go, knit two-at-a-time, and there's no heel flap or picking up stitches.

The ideal project for any intermediate knitter to learn, improve, and enjoy.


Frequently Asked Question: What Is The Difference Between Your Toe-Up Sock Patterns?

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We have a basic toe-up sock pattern with a Fleegle Heel which we recommend for absolute beginners. Our Faux-Heel-Flap toe-up socks are perfect for those who want to add a contrasting-color or textured heel or have high insteps. Our generic Fleegle Heel pattern works when your yarn or foot size differs from the basic patterns we offer.


Live Knitalong: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks - FREE

Starts: June 1, 2020   Ends: September 25, 2020   Signups Open: NO
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Our first KnitFreedom knitalong. We will be knitting a pair of worsted-weight toe-up socks, two-at-a-time on Magic Loop. One lucky knitter will get live Zoom sessions with me to answer all their questions. Six lucky knitters will get to participate in the live weekly Q&A. Learn more here.


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Judy’s Magic Cast-On (JMCO) for Two-at-a-Time Knitting

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Two-at-a-time toe-up socks are one of my favorite uses of Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Combine JMCO with Magic Loop to cast on for two-at-a-time socks.


Judy’s Magic Cast-On – Basic

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Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

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The Fleegle Heel is an easy, beginner toe-up heel with no holes at the sides. You will have great success with the Fleegle Heel if this is your first time doing toe-up socks. Bonus: No wrap-and-turn needed!


Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

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This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks is useful when you want to add a heel-stitch pattern, make the heel in contrasting color, or adjust for high insteps. There is no picking up stitches, no seams, and no holes.



Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About The Fleegle Heel

A closeup of the Fleegle HeelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / August 24, 2012 / 108 Comments

In December of 2006, a blogger known as Fleegle changed the knitting world when she published a no-holes toe-up heel formula on her blog. Since I discovered the Fleegle Heel, I’ve been making videos showing how to do it, writing patterns that use it, and helping the whole world learn to knit it.

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Blog Post: Heel Flaps Are BACK – The New “Faux-Heel-Flap” Toe-Up Sock

Faux heel flap for toe-up socksBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks, World Travels / July 20, 2012 / 95 Comments

Wait – heel flaps are BACK? Yes, and better than ever. This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks lets you adjust for high insteps and more.

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Blog Post: What To Do When You Have A High Instep – Tips for Using KnitFreedom’s Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Sock Pattern

By Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / June 20, 2017 / 43 Comments

This tip is for sock-knitters who are following my high-instep toe-up sock pattern. It explains how to easily use my pattern for Toe-Up Faux-Heel-Flap Socks to make a bigger instep than you normally can with basic Fleegle-heel or other toe-up sock patterns.

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Blog Post: FREE Toe-Up Sock Knitalong – June 2020

By Liat Gat – Founder / Knitalongs, Toe-Up Socks, Two-at-a-Time Knitting / May 20, 2020 / 27 Comments

Our first KnitFreedom knitalong. We will be knitting a pair of worsted-weight toe-up socks, two-at-a-time on Magic Loop. One lucky knitter will get live Zoom sessions with me to answer all their questions. Learn more and join here.

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Blog Post: The Best Stretchy Bind-Off for Toe-Up Socks: Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO)

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off on Super-Bulky Pink Knit SocksBy Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Liat Interviews Others, Socks, Stretchy/Ribbed Bind-Offs, Toe-Up Socks / May 19, 2019 / 16 Comments

I recommend Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for binding off on toe-up socks. It is easy to memorize, easy to do, stretchy, and fast. JSSBO works with any rib pattern (1×1, 2×2, etc.). Includes an interview with JSSBO inventor Jeny Staiman.

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Blog Post: How to Knit Toe-Up Socks

By Liat Gat – Founder / Toe-Up Socks / September 9, 2010 / 12 Comments
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Blog Post: How To Avoid Tangling Yarn On [email protected] Socks

By Liat Gat – Founder / Socks, Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Socks, Two-at-a-Time Knitting / September 14, 2010 / 7 Comments

Prevent your yarn from EVER tangling again when knitting two-at-a-time socks. Make sure you place your balls of yarn on either side of you. The key moment for keeping the yarns from tangling is during “the switch.”

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Blog Post: When To Start Your Fleegle Heel Increases (Where is the “Front of Your Ankle?”)

When to start your Fleegle HeelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / April 29, 2011 / 5 Comments

A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Where exactly is “the front of your ankle?” Here’s how to tell.

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Blog Post: When You Forget Increases On Your Fleegle Heel

When you forget to increase fleegle heelBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Toe-Up Socks / February 22, 2011 / 2 Comments

Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.
It usually happens right when you start saying,”Yeah, I think I’ve got the hang of it!” You start getting in the groove, and you forget to increase. Here’s how to recognize it, and how to fix it.

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Blog Post: NEW: Free Super-Bulky Sock Pattern for Magic Loop, Toe-Up or Top-Down

Super-Bulky Magic Loop Socks - Malabrigo RastaBy Liat Gat – Founder / New Patterns, Socks, Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Socks / December 23, 2011 / 2 Comments

In case you are madly trying to finish Christmas gifts, here is the gift that I fall back on year after year: super-bulky slipper-socks. Knit with one skein of super-bulky yarn, these toe-up socks can be made in about 5 hours.

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Free and Premium Videos

Stop Losing Cast-On Stitches – 1st Round of Toe-Up Socks

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The trick to not losing your JMCO (Judy’s Magic Cast-On) stitches on toe-up socks is to twist the tail and working yarn of the second sock together a few times so that the stitches don’t fall off.


Binding Off on Two at a Time Socks – JSSBO

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To bind off on two-at-a-time socks, you’ll need to save the very last stitch of the first half of the first sock. Reserve it on the needle. Then bind off the second sock. Then resume binding off the first sock.


Forgot Increases on Fleegle Heel Gusset

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Many people forget to increase on the left side of their knitting when doing the gusset for the Fleegle Heel. All of a sudden you’ve got 19 stitches on one toe-up Fleegle heel and 20 on the other.
To fix it, drop your stitch down and re-add the M1. You can do it!


Judy’s Magic Cast-On (JMCO) for Two-at-a-Time Knitting

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Two-at-a-time toe-up socks are one of my favorite uses of Judy’s Magic Cast-On. Combine JMCO with Magic Loop to cast on for two-at-a-time socks.


Walk-Through of Toe-Up Sock Pattern

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Judy’s Magic Cast-On – Basic

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Keep Yarn from Tangling on Two-at-a-Time Socks

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You’ve just learned the awesome technique of knitting two-at-a-time. Congratulations! This video shows you how you can avoid your yarn EVER tangling again.


How to Fix a Loose Toe-Up Cast-On

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Avoiding Gaps in Two-at-a-Time Socks and Magic Loop

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Cast On For Both Socks and Knit 1st Round

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Socks Not Joined On One Side

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When To Start Increasing For the Fleegle Heel (Gusset)

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A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Where exactly is “the front of your ankle?” Here’s how to tell.


Knitting into Judy’s Magic Cast-On (JMCO) – Bottom Needle/Back Needle

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The instructions for Judy’s Magic Cast-On have you using the bottom needle, not the back needle, to pull and knit with. On the first round, rotate your needles so that the bottom needle becomes the back needle.


Turn a Heel on Toe-Up Socks: The Fleegle Heel

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The Fleegle Heel is an easy, beginner toe-up heel with no holes at the sides. You will have great success with the Fleegle Heel if this is your first time doing toe-up socks. Bonus: No wrap-and-turn needed!


Knit or Purl Backwards

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To knit backwards, insert the left-hand needle from front to back through the first stitch on your right-hand needle. Wrap the yarn around the left-hand needle counter-clockwise (towards you), and then pull the stitch on the right-hand needle over the wrap and off the needle.


Final Decreases on Fleegle Heel

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Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off for 1×1 Rib – Toe-Up Socks

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How to Weave in Ends on Toe-Up Socks

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Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

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This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks is useful when you want to add a heel-stitch pattern, make the heel in contrasting color, or adjust for high insteps. There is no picking up stitches, no seams, and no holes.


Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

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Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern
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Adding a textured heel flap is an easy way to make the socks more interesting AND to make the heel more durable at the same time.

The slip-stitch heel is super-easy, and it is also nice and stretchy – great if you’re not sure how big the sock-recipient’s ankle is.


How Increases Work on Toe-Up Socks

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Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

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Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern
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The Eye-of-the-Partridge heel pattern adds durability and a lovely textured look to your sock’s heel flap. Knit using a combination of slipped and knit stitches, you can knit this on top-down or toe-up socks.


1st Increase Round: M1L and M1R Increases

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KFB Instead of M1R on Toe Up Socks – Easier Toe-Up Sock Increases

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How to do easier increases on your toe-up socks: KFB (Knit Front-and-Back) instead of M1 (Make One)


Read Your Work for Increases on Toe-Up Socks

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Recommended Circular Needles: Addi Turbo by Skacel

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My favorite circular needles for knitting FAST. The blunt tips don’t hurt your fingertips, and the joins are smooth as silk.

My recommended needle lengths are:
– 47″ for two-at-a-time knitting
– 40″ for anything else on Magic Loop
– 30-47″ for Moebius knitting

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Recommended Fabric Care: Soak by Soak Wash

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My favorite no-rinse wool wash for blocking your knit garments. Comes in lovely scents and also unscented. Just squirt some in cold water and add your garment (or gauge swatch) and let soak for 15-20 minutes. Squeeze to remove water and lay flat to dry or block.

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Recommended Fabric Care: Sock Blockers by Knitter's Pride

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Sock blockers are the perfect way to make your finished socks look their best. Whether you are going to keep them for yourself or give the socks as a gift, the last step before you wear your knit socks is always to block them. The even and smooth shape persists even after machine washing and drying.

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Recommended Book: The Magic Loop by Bev Galeskas

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This amazing book is what started it all for me. In it, Beverly Galeskas clearly explains how to use Sarah Hauschka’s ingenious technique of knitting in the round on one long circular needle.

“Socks and more” is right! Anything you can knit in the round, you can knit on Magic Loop, with no laddering, quickly, easily, and without using DPNs. Hooray! Thanks, Bev and Sarah!

Buy The Magic Loop online


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