Toe-up socks are a great technique to increase your skills as an intermediate beginner. 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.


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

Starts: June 1, 2020   Ends: August 20, 2020   Signups Open: NO
Toe up socks Malabrigo worsted rios rbg smOur 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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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.


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Binding Off on Two at a Time Socks – JSSBO – August 4, 2020

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.


KFB Instead of M1R on Toe Up Socks – Easier Toe-Up Sock Increases – July 15, 2020

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


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. Read Post »


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. Read Post »


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. Read Post »


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 / 30 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. Read Post »


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. Read Post »


Blog Post: How To Avoid Tangling Yarn On 2@aTime 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.” Read Post »


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. Read Post »


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. Read Post »


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. Read Post »


Free Pattern: Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

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.


Free Pattern: Basic Worsted-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

ShiBui Worsted Toe-Up Socks A free basic worsted weight sock pattern for toe-up socks, knit one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop. This is the pattern I use to teach sock-knitting to first-time sock-knitters, and they always get great results.


Free Pattern: Generic Pattern for Toe-Up Socks with a Fleegle Heel, in Any Weight and Size

Here is a free basic beginner generic sock pattern for toe-up socks, one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop and the Fleegle Heel. Following Fleegle’s famous sock formula, written out in my own words. Design your own socks in any size, for any weight or gauge of yarn.


Free Pattern: Toe-Up Faux Heel Flap Socks – Fingering Weight

This “Faux Heel Flap” Toe-Up Sock pattern is an easy intermediate sock pattern written for Magic Loop. It has a fake heel “flap” that is knit in one piece with the rest of the toe-up sock. It also includes adjustments for high insteps or arches.


Free Pattern: Toe-Up Faux Heel Flap Socks – Worsted Weight

Purple toe-up socks with heel flap, shown out of car window By popular demand! A basic toe-up sock pattern with a knitted-in heel flap that fits your heel snugly and that you can adjust for a high instep.


Free Pattern: Toe-Up Socks – Baby – Aran Weight

Toe-Up Baby Sock A beginner toe up baby sock pattern for Magic Loop. This is a great way to learn all the parts of knitting a toe-up sock, in a two-hour project. The pattern is written for aran-weight yarn so that your project goes even faster…


Free Pattern: Toe-Up Socks – Beginner Magic Loop – Bulky Weight

Bulky beginner socks for magic loop Here is a free basic beginner pattern for toe-up bulky weight socks, one– or two-at a time, using Magic Loop. Make a pair of socks in a day! A great gift. This sock pattern takes exactly one skein of Malabrigo Chunky, so you can make a pair of comfy, washable bulky weight socks for about $11.


Free Pattern: Toe-Up Socks – Beginner Magic Loop – Super-Bulky Weight

Super-Bulky Magic Loop Socks - Malabrigo Rasta - white background - side view Here is a free basic beginner super bulky sock pattern for toe-up socks, one– or two-at a time, using Magic Loop. You can seriously knit these socks in one day, and one skein of Malabrigo Rasta will just be enough!


Free and Premium Videos

Knitting into Judy’s Magic Cast-On (JMCO) – 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.


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

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!


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)


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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Cast On For Both Socks and Knit 1st Round

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How Increases Work on Toe-Up Socks

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1st Increase Round: M1L and M1R Increases

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Read Your Work for Increases on Toe-Up Socks

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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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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.


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

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Knit or Purl Backwards

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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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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.


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.



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

Buy Addi Turbo online


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.

Buy Soak online


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!

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Testimonial: So Darn Easy

I am just so excited! I finished the heels on my worsted weight TAAT [two-at-a-time] socks!! Hard to take a photo right now, but these were so darn easy!! Thanks for the great videos and verbal explanations!
  – Peggy


Testimonial: I Can’t Seem to Stop!

I have felt sooooo good knitting 2-at-a-time toe-up socks, I can't seem to stop!

I used your pattern for baby toe-up socks and adjusted for Fred's chunky feet, and am very pleased with the result.

When my granddaughter first requested a pair of socks for her teddy, I wasn't sure I could knit anything but tube socks. But just learning the toe-up, 2-at-a-time method made me confident to tackle the project, having knit 2 pairs of socks for myself already.

Thank you so much for the instruction and the clear instructional & informative videos! It might seem a little thing to others, but this new method of knitting worsted socks has been a great new activity.
  – Leila S.


Testimonial: You Always Treat Your Students With Respect and Confidence in Our Ability

The KAL gave me the nudge I needed to get on with knitting my first pair of socks with Liat's course "Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks," which I have had for quite some time. So I got started and knit ahead. My socks are done!

The course with its embedded videos showed me all the techniques I needed. I am now confident in doing Judy's Magic Cast-On and the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off. I love the simple and smooth Fleegle heel.

I took the challenge to knit backwards doing the heel, another skill I have been wanting to learn, and it went very well. Such a great skill to have in my repertoire!

Thanks so much for the comprehensive course and your calm manner, Liat; you always treat your students with respect and confidence in our ability to successfully tackle new challenges. I've already started another pair of socks!
  – Ruth S.


Testimonial: I Wanted to Knit Socks, But Didn’t Know Where to Start

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

Thank you for your class. I LOVE your teaching style - AWESOME! I wanted to knit socks, but didn't know where to start, I chose your class and not only started, but knitted a pair of socks that I'm proud of and see many more coming off my needles! Thank you!
  – Angie T.


Testimonial: I’m Glad I Found You

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

I love the gusset on toe-up! Your patterns and videos are so helpful! I'm glad I found you!
  – Beth L.


Testimonial: Thank You For Teaching This Old Puppy New Tricks

In regards to: Magic Loop, Toe-Up Socks

Liat, THANK YOU for the classes on Magic Loop and Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time socks. I'm knitting the gussets of my socks now, and so far the knitting has been a breeze! I practiced the Magic Loop as instructed in your videos, then braved the toe-up socks class. It took several tries just to knit the first row after casting on. Judy's Magic Cast-on was a breeze, but keeping that last stitch on, even after twisting the tail around the working yarn, was a lesson in extreme patience!; but once I got it, I was off & knitting!

I started my first toe-up socks yesterday midday and just couldn't put them down, I was thrilled that I'd learned something so unexpectedly special.

Thank you for teaching this old puppy new tricks!
  – Leila S.


Testimonial: A World of Difference

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

Liat, I finished the Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks - your videos are stellar! Thank you very much - you have to know how much more secure I felt with your videos - a world of difference.
  – Hilary B.


Testimonial: Can’t Wait to Do More

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

BEST teaching EVER! Liat breaks everything down so that even complex steps are easy to learn... and her tips on how to knit quicker, more efficiently, and avoiding common errors are the most useful help I have ever received.

I thought knitting socks would be an arcane process that was accessible only to the experienced knitter. I'm pretty much a beginner, although I did know magic loop... and now I've knitted my first pair of socks and can't wait to do more.
  – ggraveled


Testimonial: Absolutely Fabulous

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

This is the best Toe-Up Socks instruction video! Not only does it present clear instruction, it also answers so many of those little? questions such as how to keep the darned yarn from tangling, how to keep the loop from twisting and/or disappearing, how to position the stitches on the needles, etc. Absolutely fabulous and I am SO happy I bought the book. Thank you!
  – JMSCPRW


Testimonial: So Easy, Turned Out Beautifully

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

Wow! You are one terrific knitting teacher. Your videos are so easy to understand and presented so well. I really appreciate the camera angle, colors and light you use, I feel as though I’m looking at the real thing right before my eyes! Your toe-up socks on the Magic Loop were so easy and turned out beautifully. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  – Xanthey73


Testimonial: It’s Easy and Clear

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

I LOVE your ebook. I got the toe up sock and your videos make everything so clear, it's easy to scroll to the place I want and I can work at my computer without having to make the rest of the household watch my DVDs.
  – Andrea


Testimonial: Two at a Time at Last

In regards to: Top-Down Socks

Liat!!! Oh my Oh my "..I love your e-book" can you tell ~ I am so excited!!!! I have made two pair of socks in my ten years of knitting on magic loops, one at a time mind you, and wanted to learn to do two at a time. Your instructions are amazing.
  – Mary


Testimonial: Just Finished First Pair

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

I just finished my first pair of 2 @ a time, toe up socks last night! Thanks to your terrific video e-book and email advice; couldn’t have done it without you.
  – Vicki S.


Testimonial: My Base for All Socks

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

I learned to knit socks with your tutorial. I’ve only knit a few pairs so far but your patterns are my base for all socks and now I knit them toe-up using your tutorial on that as well. All Magic Loop. Thanks!
  – KnittingSmurf


Testimonial: Makes Sense

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

I just want to tell you guys how great I think you are! I had looked at many toe-up sock videos, but yours is the one that made the most sense... and made me feel like I could actually do socks. Whenever anyone at KnittingParadise asks for help with socks, I always refer them to you. Thank you so much!
  – Joan L.


Testimonial: A Complete Pair of Socks

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

Thank you so much for these awesome Toe-Up Socks videos. You have helped me so much. Thank you! Now I know I can do a complete pair of socks. I always get stuck on the heel. Thanks to you I know I can do it!
  – Zimmermann611


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