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Topic: TUTORIAL: Zig-Zag cast-on method for toe-up socks  (Read 5584 times)
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« on: August 20, 2006 06:38:55 PM »

TOE UP FROM THE FLO' UP!  Grin

I just posted this tutorial on my blog, and I figured I would put it here too in case you nice people like to knit toe-up socks. (p.s. If you guys have ever heard of this before, let me know. I'm dying to know if it's already common knowledge.)

Here it is:

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My goal of writing a toe-up sock pattern was almost thwarted when I had some trouble deciding on a cast-on method. The Knitty article on the subject (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html), while very informative, didn't really have what I was looking for. I was uncomfortable with the crochet cast on method since I wanted the pattern to be simple for all knitters, not just those who had ventured out far enough to buy a crochet hook. The figure 8 cast-on method looks good on the sock, but isn't very practical for those with fewer than 3 hands. By the time I figured out which stitch to knit into, it had fallen of my needle already.

So I came up with the ultimate cheat: I'm calling it the Zig-Zag cast-on method. (For all I know, this technique may have a name already, but since I quasi-invented it, I'm quasi-naming it, too.) Sock-knitting purists wanting an invisible seam may not like this technique, since it leaves a pretty obvious "braid" of stitches across the top, but it's nothing that will negatively affect the comfort level of your toes once the sock is worn.

STEP 1:
Start by casting on as many toe-tip stitches as your pattern calls for, all on one needle. For this example, I am casting on 16 stitches, but if you are using tiny sock yarn & needles, you'll likely need many more.
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/tutorial-toeupcaston1.jpg

STEP 2:
Take 2 needles, held together side by side, and begin slipping your stitches as if to purl. Every other stitch goes on every other needle. Shown here halfway done:
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/tutorial-toeupcaston2.jpg

...and fully transferred:
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/tutorial-toeupcaston3.jpg

Step 3:
Begin knitting in the round as usual. On your first round, knit the stitches onto your preferred needles (3 dpns, 4 dpns, 2 circulars, etc.) and increase as your pattern instructs. Here's my toe after a few rows of increases:
http://grittyknits.com/natasha/tutorial-toeupcaston4.jpg

http://grittyknits.com/natasha/tutorial-toeupcaston5.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006 08:11:34 PM »

Bookmarked!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2006 10:01:22 PM »

Very nice! I love sock knitting and this one is a new method for me - I have never heard of it before. I think this method might be a lot easier for new toe-up knitters since the figure 8 method is a bit fiddly.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2006 05:59:49 AM »

Too cool!

i'm attempting my first pair of socks as we speak and I'm doing it the conventional way.

What's the advantages of doing it toe up?

Thanks forthe insight!
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2006 10:10:53 AM »

Omigod!! Omigod!! Omigod!!

This tutorial is fantastic, just what I needed, all the other instructions scared me off trying socks.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2006 10:45:48 AM »

wow thats pretty simple (and cool) Good job
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2006 10:46:52 AM »

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AMAZING! *bookmarks* I may actually give toe-ups a try again with this method!
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006 07:31:45 AM »

What's the advantages of doing it toe up?

If you don't know how much sock your yarn will give you, doing it toe up will ensure that you neither run out of yarn before you reach the toe nor end up with a great honking lot of yarn left over.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006 08:45:46 AM »

What's the advantages of doing it toe up?

If you don't know how much sock your yarn will give you, doing it toe up will ensure that you neither run out of yarn before you reach the toe nor end up with a great honking lot of yarn left over.

That's my favorite thing! I am one of those people who hates to waste anything, so if I have even 10 yards of yarn left at the end of a project, I feel guilty. Toe-up means you can knit 'til it's gone!
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2006 09:33:17 AM »

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