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Toe-Up Knitted Socks

Another class I am enjoying at Craftsy is called “Toe-Up Knitted Socks” by Susan B. Anderson.  You can find other class and pattern info at Susan’s blog.  If you go to Ravelry and look up toe-up socks by Susan, you will find a 50% off coupon for her Craftsy class.  The class is great because there are videos every step of the way.  You can also ask questions and get feedback.

I have knitted socks before, but this was my first time knitting from the toe up.  In the class you are given a pattern to make your socks using worsted yarn or finger weight yarn.  I like using bigger yarn when I am first knitting something so that I can get used to the stitches.  She also shows you how to knit these socks on both DPN and circular needles using the magic loop.

Materials needed for project:

Pattern by Susan or Sign up for the class, worsted  or finger weight yarn, knitting needles (Size 1 or 2 DPN  – OR – Size 5 circular needles at least 32″ long), yarn needle, ruler or tape measure, scissors and detachable stitch markers.

EXTRA ITEM: You can use a sock ruler to keep track of the length of your sock. You just slip it inside the sock rather than using a regular ruler over the needles.  You can find the sock rulers HERE.

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If you have the pattern I am making the size small in worsted weight on circular needles. I have knitted the toe started on the foot.  I decided to go with a color change on this sock.  I am going to make the heel of the sock red as well.

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Almost approaching the length of sock I need, minus 2″ for the afterthought heel.

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I am using scrap yarn (gray) to keep the place of my afterthought heel.  I heel will be the very last thing I make on the sock.

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Afterthought heels are nice because it allows you to take out and change just the heel of your sock if you ever wear through your socks or get a hole.  It will save you from having to knit the whole sock all over again.

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A view of the back.  When I am ready to make the heel, I will just pull out these stitches and replace them with 12 rounds of knitting.  At this point, I am ready to start at the leg of the sock.

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Top view of my sock with the cuff knitted about half way.

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Bottom view of my sock showing the gray waste yarn holding the place of my heel.

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Finished with most of the sock.  I still need to knit in the heel.

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These are the waste stitches I need to pull out.  They are holding the space of the heel.

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Inserted needle in row beneath the waste yarn to pick up stitches.

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Picked up stitches on the row above the waste yarn.

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Very carefully ripping out the waste yarn.  If all goes right, my space will be held.

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Stitches all picked up and ready to start on the heel.

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First row of heel, including extra stitches to close up the gap.

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Second row of heel with gap decrease.

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Ready to begin the Kitchener stitch to close off the ankle.

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Sock with finished ankle.

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Ready to take the sock and block it.

20170303_190051Trying on my sock before I block it.

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