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
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.
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.
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
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.