Thursday, November 02, 2006

Toe-up Sock Patterns

Bibliography of Toe-Up Sock Patterns

Wendy Johnson's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern
Uses short-row heels and toes, like my pattern. A similar, but more detailed pattern, the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula, was created by Amy Swenson for

Kim Salazar's Sock Patterns
Salazar's method creates a toe that is more like the one you see in top-down socks. Many people prefer it, because there are no loops on the inside.

Judy Gibson's "You're Putting Me On" Socks
This was the first toe-up sock pattern I ever encountered, and it's a good one. Its one flaw is that you pick up stitches under the heel, and you can feel that ridge when wearing them. But the gussets help improve the fit for some people.

Brook Chenoweth Creel's Widdershins Socks
Very similar to Gibson's pattern. Heel is better, but trickier. To see how much trickier, check out Creel's blog. I recommend Mel Vassey's generic version of Widdershins since it's adaptable to different sizing options

Kelly Petkun's Two at Once, Toe-Up Sock
This sock uses an "Afterthought Heel," which is extremely easy and very attractive with self-patterning sock yarns. However, I think the heel cup in these instructions is too shallow. Dawn Brocco's adaption fits much better.

Mary Lycan's Sherman Sock
Another short row heel method, using stitch "encroachment." I don’t care for the final product, but it's worth trying for yourself. As with Widdershins, I recommend Mel Vassey's Sherman Sock Pictorial.

Strong Heel Socks
Published in Knitter's (72, Fall 2003). A toe-up variation is used in these patterns:

Short Rows
There are many methods for closing the gaps that form when you knit short rows. VĂ©ronik Avery wrote a great article for Interweave Knits (Winter 2004, p96) that describes them in detail. I thought the Japanese Method -- using a safety pin to mark the turning yarn -- looked the best, but all those pins hanging there make it cumbersome to do. Some online instructions:

Other Toes

Thanks to Gerry for suggesting that I take this section of my class handout and post it separately.

Revised May 20, 2007


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wealth of sock info, Don. I really enjoyed your company yesterday, and enjoyed reading your blog this morning. Hope to get to knit with you again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Don!

Anonymous said...

Don, thanks for so many sock references in one place.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful information! Thanks so much.

FiberQat said...

Thank you for including my toe instructions. I've taken to combining that toe with a basic heel flap that puts the heel stitch portion under the heel instead of in the back of the heel. They fit my feet very nicely.

-- Duffy

knittingbrow said...

I'm so tagging this on my account. you're brilliant!