Let’s Learn To Make Socks: Lesson 5 – Toe Shaping

Finished desired foot length.
Finished desired foot length.

Last time we finished off with knitting the foot. Now we need to shape the toe. The toe section for adults is around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. The toe is shaped by decreasing on all needles every other row.

Pattern Instructions: There still should be 16 stitches on needles 1 and 3, and 32 stitches on needle 2. The round still begins at the center of the heel. Do not continue in rib pattern on needle 2; now working in stockinette stitch.

Round 1: Needle 1 – knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2 – k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 3 – k1, ssk, knit to end.

Round 2: Knit across on all needles. Repeat these 2 rounds until 24 stitches are left, 6 stitches on needles 1 and 3, 12 stitches on needle 2. Finish by knitting 6 stitches off needle 1 onto needle 3. You now have 2 needles, each with 12 stitches.

Most pattern instructions use kitchener stitch (grafting) for the sock toe. I prefer a bind off method that leaves no inside seam, and is secure and even, The Bind Off Seam.

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I hope these lessons have given you a better understanding of the basic steps to knitting a cuff down sock, and the confidence to attempt a new sock pattern, or even create your own design. To finish off a small project like socks, I block by washing the socks and laying them flat to dry. Happy Knitting!

(Within the next week, I will have the basic instructions and visuals for this series available for download)

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