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Katknit
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:14 pm    Post subject: Toe Up ! Reply with quote

Can one of you lovely ladies recommend an easy way to explain toe up socks please.
Do you have to use circulars and are there any benefits of doing toe up as opposed to cuff down.
It will be my first time so please be gentle with me Laughing
I want to do these Shocked

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/filey-3

Am I being too adventurous for an occasional sock knitter Question
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Kathryn
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look nice. I can see why you like them.

I've only made two pairs of toe up socks, (about to start another one this weekend though) so take my advice as seriously or not as you want!!!

No, you don't have to use circulars - just as you don't have to use circulars for cuff down socks.

If you have a limited amount of yarn, then working toe up socks means that you can make the most of what you have - you can just keep going until you run out. It's also easier to try them on and shape them to fit as you go.

But, I'm puzzled. I clicked on the link, and these are actually worked cuff down.

If you're confident knitting a sock, and confident cabling then I can't see that you'd have a problem with this pattern. Just remember some lifelines every now and then.

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Katknit
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathryn
I was looking at another gansey sock pattern at the same time and it was for toe up Embarassed Embarassed
See you can tell I am not a regular sock knitter Embarassed
Thankyou for your advice.
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GrannieAnnie06
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kath.. This is the tutorial that I used to learn toe-up socks..

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2mlsocks_start.htm

Other than that.. I concur with Kathryn...
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Yvonne
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only done one pair of toe-up.

I cast off too tight, even doing it over two needles with a suspended cast off.

I think there's a sewn cast off that is better.
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GrannieAnnie06
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've discovered a stretchy bind off that's just right..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI&feature=related
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Kathryn
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GrannieAnnie06 wrote:
I've discovered a stretchy bind off that's just right..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI&feature=related


Thanks for posting this link. The first time I tried casting off a pair of toe-up socks I couldn't get them on as they were too tight. I've just used this method and they're perfect. Very Happy
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