Update 01/02/17 – This post is about knitting a toe that doesn’t use Kitchener Stitch. You can adapt it to the pattern you’re currently using by starting working on it when the foot of your sock is about 2″/5cm less than your desired foot length. If you’ve finished a toe that needs Kitchener stitch and don’t want to frog back 2″/5cm, I don’t have a post to tell you how to that – although you could just cast off and sew it up – but I do have a picture tutorial that might help you with Kitchener stitch here.
In my quest to explore different ways to knit socks, I decided to work a round toe on the socks that I’m knitting for the No Nylon Sock KAL. A round toe is simple to work and involves no Kitchener stitch.
Working a round toe:
The decreasing for a round toe takes up about 2″/2.5cm of the foot length when knitting with 4ply/sock yarn, so start working on it when you’re 2″/2.5cm short of your desired foot length.
To create a round toe, the number of stitches you have needs to be divisible by 8. If it isn’t, decrease the appropriate number, evenly around the foot, before you start the toe, to bring them to a number divisible by 8.
Divide your total number of stitches by 8 – let’s call the answer you get X.
X is the number of stitch markers you’ll need.
- Set up round: [K8, place marker] around.
- Round one: [K6, k2tog] around.
- Knit 6 rows.
- Next round: [K5, k2tog] around.
- Knit 5 rounds.
- Next round: [K4, k2tog] around
- Knit 4 rounds.
- Next row: [K3, k2tog] around.
- Knit 3 rounds.
- Next row: [K2, k2tog] around
- Knit 2 rounds.
- Next round: [K1, k2tog] around.
You’ve probably noticed the number of knit rounds decreases by one after each decrease row and is equal to the number of stitches knitted in the previous decrease row before the decrease. I mention that, because that knowledge may make it easier for you to keep track where you are. But then again, it might not.
- Next round: Knit removing markers as you go.
- Next round: [K2tog] around. If this leaves too big an opening work one more round of [k2tog] around.
- Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches.
I think the toe looks cute end on…
But not as neat as Kitchener stitch once the sock is on.
What do you think?