Favorite Toes from Socknitter Members

Joan's Favorite Toe

Allow 2 inches for the toe decreases.

Work a decrease round*

Knit 3 rows plain - do this part once
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Work a decrease round*

Knit 2 rows plain - do this part twice
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Work a decrease round*

Knit 1 row plain - do this part three times
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Decrease every round until you have a total of 16 stitches left
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Kitchener or 3-needle bind off the toe seam together

*Decrease round:

For 5 DP needles (Ndl 1 is the center of the heel):
Needle 1: knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, knit 2 tog. knit 1.
Needle 2: knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k 1.
Needle 3: knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, knit 2 tog. knit 1.
Needle 4: knit 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.

Short Row Toe for Toe Up Socks
Mary Moran

This toe can be worked Toe Up or Top Down. Top Down toes using this method will need to be grafted. These instructions are for 5 dp needles.

Using a provisional cast on technique and waste yarn, cast on 1/2 the total number of stitches for your sock.

Begin Short Row Shaping:

Row 1: Knit across stitches until the last stitch, yarn forward, slip the next stitch as if to purl, yarn back, slip the wrapped stitch back to the left needle needle. Turn. Be sure your last stitch is wrapped.

Row 2: Purl across row until the last stitch, yarn back, turn. The last stitch is now wrapped, on the right hand needle and remains unworked.

Row 3: Knit across the row until the stitch before the last wrapped stitch, yarn forward, slip the next stitch as if to purl, yarn back, slip the wrapped stitch back to the left needle. Turn.

Row 4: Purl across to the stitch before the last wrapped stitch, slip the next stitch, yarn back, return the slipped stitch to your left needle, yarn forward. Turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until your desired number of stitches are wrapped (usually 2/3 to 3/4). End ready for a right side row.

Reverse Short Row Shaping:

Row 1: Knit across to the next wrapped stitch. Knit the stitch together with the wrap. Next: Bring your yarn forward, slip the next stitch as if to purl, yarn back, slip the wrapped stitch back to the left needle, turn. This stitch now has two wraps.

Row 2: Purl across to the next wrapped stitch. Purl the stitch together with the wrap, yarn back, slip the next stitch to your right needle, yarn forward, return the stitch to your left needle. Turn.

For the rest of the shaping you will be adding a second wrap to each stitch.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked all the wrapped stitches. Be sure to slip both wraps over the stitch before knitting them together with the wrapped stitch.


Begin Knitting Circularly:

With the knit side facing you, knit 16 stitches. This is needle 4. Mark the next stitch as the beginning of your rounds.

With a new needle, knit the remaining stitches stitches from the needle. This is Needle 1.

Next, unzip your provisional cast on and place the stitches on a needle. With a new needle knit 16 stitches from the provisional cast on stitches. This is Needle 2.

With a 3rd needle, knit the remaining stitches from the provisional cast on edge. This is Needle 3.

Complete the round by knitting across needle 4.

Now knit circularly as you normally do...your toe is complete!

Star Toe
Mary Moran

For top down socks. These instructions are designed for 5 dp needles. STITCHES NEED TO BE DIVISIBLE BY 4.

Rnd 1: Knit until 2 stitches remain before the marker, K2 tog. Repeat around.
Rnd 2: Knit around

Repeat these two rounds 6 times. Next, knit Rnd 1 until 4-8 stitches remain. Cut yarn leaving 12 inch tail. With a darning needle thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull snug. Weave ends.

Standard Toe
Mary Moran

For top down socks. These instructions are designed for 5 dp needles. (Ndl 1 is the center of the heel):

Rnd 1:
Needle 1: knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, knit 2 tog. knit 1.
Needle 2: knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2 tog, k 1.
Needle 3: knit to 3 stitches from end of needle, knit 2 tog. knit 1.
Needle 4: knit 1, ssk, knit to end of needle.

Rnd 2:
Knit

Repeat these two rounds until your desired toe shape.Graft remaining stitches.

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