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Knitting from socks to toes is a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly popular in America. Knitting from toe to cuff is actually the standard method in Europe for knitting socks. In the US, most knitters are used to knit socks from cuff to toe.
Toe-up is great for so many reasons
One of the reasons is that you never run out of yarn. The reason is that when you start at the toe and finish at the cuffs, you can basically knit until you almost run out of yarn and you finish the cuff. When knitting from top to bottom, you always have to guess how much yarn you need and how long you can make your cuff. If you underestimate, you will get extra yarn and your sock may not last as long as you wanted. If you overestimate the amount of yarn, you will no longer have toes on your socks. Dangit!
Never run out of yarn
To make sure you do not run out of yarn, make sure that your local yarn supply divides your yarn strand into two separate balls before starting. In this way, you can only knit until you almost run out of yarn and then finish your sock.
Knit in pairs
Another reason why people love to knit toe socks is that you can easily knit two socks at the same time. Since there are many patterns for toe stockings, including my basic toe stocking pattern, which does not require a heel flap, the heel construction is very simple and it's just as easy to make two heels at the same time as it is. Adding a heel flap to a sock, taking stitches, and creating a gusset from top to bottom can make for a headache at the same time. Because the knitting of the heel is so easy, it is also much faster. You can actually complete two toe socks in about 50 percent more time than a toe sock. Why?
Because you skip all the measuring, thinking, and counting for the second sock. It's that simple. And making the two heels at the same time is child's play. Another advantage is that both socks are the same. You never have to try duplicating what you've done on a sock on the other sock because you did both at the same time. This is very easy if you knit from head to toe.
In addition, you will learn a special setting, the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off, which is a stretchy, invisible finish for your toe stockings. This adds another skill to your set that you can use for other knitting projects. All you need to know to start knitting two stockings at the same time are some special skills.
You have to learn how to throw your toes up. Judy's Magic Cast-On is the one I recommend the most. It is so easy. Then you need a simple paragraph like the Fleegle paragraph. I do not recommend using a toe pattern that requires a heel strap or gusset when learning - it's just unnecessarily complicated. The fleegle heel is the simplest heel you can find, and there are no holes in the side of your sock. Lastly, you'll need to round off your ribbed cuff with the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off, which sounds complicated, but just like the Kitchener stitch is just for knitting in the round.
Learning to knit toe socks is a good challenge for the advanced knitter, and I promise you will never look back.