Knitting toe up socks on circular needles is a fun and easy way to make cozy and comfortable socks for yourself or your loved ones.
You can customize your socks’ size, shape, and color according to your preferences.
You can also avoid the hassle of seaming and grafting the toes and heels of your socks.
In this article, we will show you the basic steps and techniques to knit toe up socks on circular needles.
Materials To Knit Toe Up Socks On Circular Needles
To knit toe up socks on circular needles, you will need the following materials and tools:
You can use any sock yarn suitable for your needle size and gauge. You can also choose the color and texture of your yarn according to your liking.
Similarly, you will need about 100 grams of yarn for a pair of socks, depending on the size and length of your socks.
You will need a pair of circular needles with a long cable (at least 32 inches) to knit your socks using the magic loop method.
The magic loop method allows you to knit small circumferences in the round using one long circular needle.
You can use any needle size that matches your yarn and gauge, but a standard size for sock knitting is US 1 (2.25 mm).
Stitch markers are small tools that can help you keep track of your stitches and rounds when knitting socks.
You will need two stitch markers to mark the beginning and the end of your round and to separate the instep and sole stitches of your sock.
To separate the instep and sole stitches of your sock, slip another stitch marker onto your right needle after you knit half of the stitches of your round.
When you finish your socks, you will need a tapestry needle to weave in the ends of your yarn.
It helps weave in the ends of your yarn when you finish your socks because it can easily pass through the stitches without splitting the yarn or poking your fingers.
To use a tapestry needle, you need to thread it with the yarn end and then weave it in and out of the stitches on the wrong side of your sock, following the path of the yarn.
Process To Knit Toe Up Socks On Circular Needles?
To knit toe up socks on circular needles, you will need to follow these steps:
Cast on the toe stitches using Judy’s magic cast-on method. This method creates a seamless and invisible cast on the edge of your toe.
Knit the toe increases using the toe-up sock formula. This formula helps you calculate the number of stitches and rows you need to increase for your toe based on your foot circumference and gauge.
Knit the foot section in stockinette stitch until you reach the desired length for your foot.
You can measure your foot length by placing your foot on a ruler or a tape measure and subtracting about 2 inches from the total length.
This will give you some negative ease for your sock to fit snugly on your foot.
Knit the heel turn using the short-row heel method. This method creates a curved heel shape by working short rows on the sole stitches of your sock.
Knit the heel flap and gusset using the heel flap formula. This formula helps you calculate the number of stitches and rows you need to decrease for your heel flap and gusset based on your foot circumference and gauge.
Knit the leg section in your desired stitch pattern until you reach the desired length for your leg. You can choose any stitch pattern, such as ribbing, cables, lace, or colorwork. If you prefer a simple sock, you can knit the leg section in a stockinette stitch.
Bind off the leg stitches using a stretchy bind-off method. This method ensures that your leg’s bind-off edge is elastic and comfortable.
Weave in the ends of your yarn using a tapestry needle. You can also wash and block your socks to make them look neat and even.
Knitting toe up socks on circular needles is a rewarding and achievable project, especially for beginners.
With each stitch, you’re crafting comfort and style for your feet.
Grab your needles, choose your favorite yarn, and let the knitting journey begin.