Knitgrammer’s no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn sock pattern. Part 2: Casting on and making the toe

This article is part of my no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn sock pattern. For introduction and outline of this pattern see: Knitgrammer’s no swatch, any stitch count, any yarn sock pattern.

Previous article: Planning (measure your foot, calculate dimensions for your socks, select needles and yarn)

Next article: Making the heel for your sock

At this point, you should know what size needles and what kind of yarn you’re going to use as well as what’s the circumference of your sock going to be. Otherwise, read the previous article.

Now go ahead and select a toe pattern for your sock!

If you are a seasoned sock knitter and you already know what is the total amount of stitches you would like to have for your sock you can select any of the toe patterns below. Otherwise, select the wedge toe or the star toe pattern and keep on increasing according to the instructions until you reach the desired circumference.

The toe here is your swatch. If the fabric seems too loose frog your work and take smaller needles or if on the other hand your fabric seems too dense frog your work and take bigger needles (if you are unsure about the fabric density read the previous article).

I usually make the toe shaping with stockinette stitch and then I start working ribbing on the instep needle (needle 1 on the patterns) and I continue working in stockinette on the sole needle (needle 2 on the patterns).

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2.1 Wedge toe

The increases are worked every other round on both sides creating a knit stitch band on each side. This type of toe shaping fits well if all of your toes are almost the same length.

This is probably the easiest toe pattern.

You can find the wedge toe pattern here.

2.2 Star toe pattern

Increases are made evenly in four sections around the sock. Approximately the first half of the increases are made every round and the rest of the increases are worked every other round. Increase lines form a star-like shape.

You can find the star toe pattern here.

Star toe for toe-up sock

2.3 Rounded barn toe

Increases are worked on both sides of the sock creating a knit stitch band on each side. The first half of the increases are made each round while the second half is worked every other round which makes the toe rounder than the wedge toe.

If you don’t know the required number of stitches select wedge toe or star toe pattern.

You can find the rounded barn toe pattern here.

2.4 Round toe

The increases are distributed evenly around the sock in eight sections. At first you work just a few plain rounds between the increase rounds but the further you work your toe the more plain rounds you work between the increase rounds. This results in a toe shape which is round and there are no increase lines visible.

If you don’t know the required number of stitches select wedge toe or star toe pattern.

You can find the rounded toe pattern here.

Toe-up sock with rounded toe and gusset heel.

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