Toe-up? Lessons from Sock Summit…

I’m knitting away on my Coriolis sock that I started after my class with Cat Bordhi at Sock Summit, Dancing with Socks. I made the baby Coriolis in class, very cute. (It’s the one on the right.)

pathways sox

I came home and decided to make Coriolis(es?) (Corioli?) for me. I’m using Socks that Rock Mediumweight; the color is Alley Oop.

toe pic

I usually make my socks from the cuff down. This toe-up thing is a pretty new trick for me. I think I’ve mastered Judy’s Magic Cast On. This makes a very tidy toe.


I like the kfb increases on the sides. Again, very tidy.


And this is the nicest short row heel turn that I’ve tried so far. It doesn’t make the diagonal line; the heel looks very much like a flap and gusset heel. It’s also nice and deep, the way that I like my heels.

heel turn

I”m knitting on the leg now, but it’s not compelling. Part of what kept me plugging away at the heel was the anticipation (dread?) of wondering if the stripe would run into the heel. It did, but it’s no big deal. Cat suggests a star toe in her book, New Pathways for Sock Knitting, so the foot can be rotated to avoid this issue, but I didn’t read the book before starting. I was working from class notes. No worries, it doesn’t bother me.


But now that I know how the story turns out, I’m not sure I have another of the same sock in me, even if the stripe rotates in the other direction. I may go for fraternal twins, and do a different pattern with the other half of the yarn. I want to play with Cat’s Riverbed sock architecture. Who says a pair of socks have to be the same? Second Sock Syndrome, I laugh in your face!

Do you have issues with doing the same thing over again? Apparently I do.

Knit on!

22 responses to “Toe-up? Lessons from Sock Summit…

  1. I’m actually happy knitting the same sock over again – but I also love the idea of fraternal socks with complimentary patterns

  2. apparently you do! I don’t mind, having done it once now, that the leg is all that remains. I always use my plain socks as go anywhere knitting and always have a need for such knitting. I feel relieved I got through the foot and now can just relax into a bit of calf shaping (for long socks).

  3. Coriolii? Love them even though I’m not a toe up kind of girl, the construction of her socks is just fascinating.

  4. Hey you know me. So long as the yarn is the same, it’s a pair right? That was the idea behind the Calvin & Ripple socks. =)

  5. I’ve always wanted to try some of Cat Bordhi’s patterns. I’m really going to have to pick up her book one of these days.

    For me, it really depends on the pattern and how pretty the yarn is. I almost always finish both socks in the pair, but depending on the yarn and the pattern, I might or might not get a little bored on the second one. But I very rarely knit multiple pairs using the same pattern because there are so many new patterns out there that I still want to try.

  6. Does the leg have a pattern? I usually put a pattern in the leg, even if the foot is plain.

    Still I like the idea of making fraternal socks with different patterns. I end up doing that when I design my own. The first one has all the mistakes in it!

  7. I usually don’t have SSS or dread knitting the second sock, but sometimes I do. Usually that happens when the pattern is boring.

    But, I do what Nike says — Just Do It! πŸ˜‰

  8. A little asymmetry never hurt anyone, right? πŸ™‚

    Luckily, I haven’t had SSS yet – I usually knit two at a time on one long circ to avoid that. However, here’s my pity party sock story: While knitting my first (and only) cuff-down sock, I ran out of yarn a few rounds before I got to the toe. I refused to add another skein especially after the trauma of having to rip back and re-knit several times from the cuff to the heel just to get the cables to look right. Here’s a photo: It was one of those projects that haunt you forever…I’ve only knit toe-up socks ever since!

  9. Your “attitude” toward SSS made me LOL. πŸ™‚

  10. I don’t like change! Understatement. I made 12 or 13 pairs of Monkey socks…so I’m not sure what that makes me…at least polite company might be too kind to say! πŸ™‚

    I don’t have SSS, but I’m intrigued with fraternal pairs. I say do what pleases you…you’re in charge. Make a fraternal pair using Cat’s architecture to inspire both…that’d be cool! Go for it!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    You go girl, for conquering the toe-up sock!! Yay!!

  11. knittingdodo

    You know, I might have to use that technique. Especially with the simpler sock patterns, I get to where I don’t want to make the second one, since I already know how it’s gonna come out. But, the idea of making the second sock with the same yarn but a different pattern is genius!

    Also, you might try the Turkish toe up cast on too. I’ve done both and I’ve found the Turkish to be even easier than Judy’s. It’s my go to cast on for toe ups.

  12. I would finish the pair but I don’t mind doing two of the same. I say do what makes you happy. It’s all about having fun with it isn’t it? Can’t wait to see the fraternal twins!

  13. I love Judy’s Magic Cast On, but I still can’t remember exactly how to start it … specifically which yarn end hangs which way on the needle. Just can’t get that part to stick in my head.

    Also love KFB for toe increases so I can be lazy about keeping track of increase/plain rounds … just check for that little increase bar. Hey, it’s not like anybody really sticks their head up close to your sock toes to check whether you use an invisible increase, right?

  14. What I’ve been doing lately is after I finish one sock, I start another pair. Then when I finish the other first sock, I got back to the first pair and finish the second. That way I’m not bored. But that also explains why I have three pairs of socks on the needles! πŸ™‚

    Its really a pretty sock – so I hope you can find another pattern to make the second one soon!

  15. I did toe up socks once, just so I can say I’ve made a pair but I am definitely a top-down kind a girl. The only reason to knit toe up socks is to do Judy’s Magic Cast On. It’s perfection.

    I’m also not a fan of short row heels.

    I personally don’t have SSS but I more than understand it. There is nothing wrong with fraternal twins my friend. Knit what makes you happy.

  16. Love the Noros, love the spinning, missed the contest boo hoo, socks are lovely!

  17. I just had to laugh at your sss, I think you are an adventurous knitter who loves to experience new things.

  18. Gorgeous!! I can’t wait for Cat’s new book to come out! She taught us the new architecture (?) at sock camp! Love how it fits! I do want to get around to knitting some of her other socks though!

  19. Nice! I notice your sock yarn seems to be smaller than usual. Pretty soon you’ll be knitting on zeros. It’s a slippery slope.

  20. I’m all about knitting whatever you want to knit. In fact, part of what I love about knitting is that it’s so personal. Wasn’t it Cat herself who said (paraphrasing) that if someone gets close enough to inspect your handknit socks, kick ’em in the face?! πŸ˜‰

    btw, your pictures are beautiful.

  21. Unrelated sock story. Dear family friend was visiting/babysitting and doing laundry while my grandfather was in residence. Tried in vain to match socks, to no avail. Finally she told Mom about it. Mom said that Papa has an artificial leg and she only washes the second sock once a week! Don’t fret, I thought that every grandpa had war wounds that required an artificial leg! So if he were alive today, the two different socks? No problemo. Dee

  22. p.s. the weather’s getting cool enough that the Pippi hat will come out very soon! Thanks, Dee