Cast On for Socks and Increase for Toe

Walk-Through of Toe-Up Sock Pattern

Judy’s Magic Cast-On – Basic

Judy’s Magic Cast-On – Basic
Judy’s Magic Cast-On – Basic

Cast On For Both Socks and Knit 1st Round

How Increases Work on Toe-Up Socks

1st Increase Round: M1L and M1R Increases

Read Your Work for Increases on Toe-Up Socks

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

Knitting into JMCO Bottom NeedleBack Needle

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

KFB Instead of M1R on Toe Up Socks

The key to doing easier increases on your toe-up socks is when you are substituting KFB for M1, remember to knit until there are two stitches left in the round and then do your KFB.

Related video: KFB – Knit Front and Back

 

Troubleshooting While You Knit

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

How Not to Lose Stitches on the Second Sock when Knitting into the Cast On Two at a Time Toe Up Socks on Magic Loop

Removing Socks from Two-at-a-Time Needles to Unravel Then Put Back On

Two-at-a-time socks in process of being transferred from one set of circular needles to the other

How to Fix a Loose Toe-Up Cast-On

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

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

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

Socks Not Joined On One Side

 

Knit the Foot and Heel

When To Start Increasing For the Fleegle Heel (Gusset)

When to Start the Fleegle Heel

A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Fleegle describes the time to start increasing as “when the knitting reaches the front of your ankle.”

I don’t know about you, but my ankle has more of a gradual transition than a demarcation where my foot turns into my leg.

To overcome this issue, here’s what to do:
Flex your foot as much as you can — this helps the “front of the ankle” become more apparent.

Pull the sock onto your foot (which of course is easy because you’re using Magic Loop), and hold it as snug as you’d like it when you’re wearing it. If the knitting reaches the crook in your ankle, you’re ready to start the Fleegle heel increases.

Use both hands to pull the sock on. You can see that my knitting is stretched snug and hits what, over time, I have come to judge as the front of my ankle.

If you’re not sure, better start increasing. Most people just learning this technique tend to wait too long to start the heel.

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

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

Knit or Purl Backwards

Knit or Purl Backwards
Knit or Purl Backwards

Final Decreases on Fleegle Heel

 

Knit Cuff and Finish Sock

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

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.

Here is the trick I mentioned: How To Neaten The Last Stitch Of Your Bind-off In The Round.

This example is shown with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, but the concept will work for the Invisible Ribbed Bind-off or any knitted or sewn bind-off.

For a step-by-guide on how to knit toe-up, two-at-a-time socks and really get addicted to how fun it is, check out our class https://www.knitfreedom.com/shop/toe-up-socks.

How to Weave in Ends on Toe-Up Socks

 

Bonus! Toe-Up Socks with a "Faux" Heel Flap

Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks
Faux Heel Flap for Toe-Up Socks

Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern
Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern

Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern:

Row 1 (RS): (Sl 1, k1) to last st, end k1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Sl 1, p across.

Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern
Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

Eye-of-the-Partridge Heel Pattern

Row 1: Sl 1, (k1, sl 1) to last st, k1.
Row 2: Sl 1, p across.
Row 3: Sl 1, (sl 1, k1) to end.
Row 4: Sl 1, p across.

Repeat rows 1-4 for desired heel flap length.

 

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