- Wendy Johnson's Generic
Toe-Up Sock Pattern
- Uses short-row heels and toes (like my Steep Learning Curve Socks).
A similar, but more detailed pattern, the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula, was created by Amy
Swenson for Knitty.com.
- Kim Salazar's Sock Patterns
method creates a toe that is more like the one you see in top-down
socks. Many people prefer it, because there are no loops on the inside.
- Judy Gibson's "You're Putting Me On" Socks
was the first toe-up sock pattern I ever encountered, and it's a good
one. Its one flaw is that you pick up stitches under the heel, and you
can feel that ridge when wearing them. But the gussets help improve the
fit for some people.
- Brook Chenoweth Creel's Widdershins Socks
- Very similar to Gibson's pattern. Heel is better, but trickier. To
see how much trickier, check out Creel's
blog. I recommend Mel Vassey's generic
version of Widdershins since it's adaptable to different sizing
- Kelly Petkun's Two
at Once, Toe-Up Sock
sock uses an "Afterthought Heel," which is extremely easy and very
attractive with self-patterning sock yarns. However, I think the heel
cup in these instructions is too shallow. Dawn
Brocco's adaption fits much better.
- Mary Lycan's Sherman Sock
short row heel method, using stitch "encroachment." I don’t care for
the final product, but it's worth trying for yourself. As with
Widdershins, I recommend Mel Vassey's Sherman
- Fleegle's Toe-Up
No-Flap, No-Hassle Sock Pattern
- Ingenious and elegant, this pattern dispenses with complicated
turnings at the heel base and launches directly into the flap. The
result is a clean, wedge-shaped heel flap that is attractive and easier
than most patterns.
- Knitman's Andersson
- Colin Andersson's method is much like Fleegle's, although his heel
flap is square rather than wedge-shaped. My alternate
instructions offer advice on gusset increases, and explain the heel
construction in a different way.
Originally posted on my blog November 2, 2006. Last revised June 28,