We believe that how a sock toe fits and looks is essential to the satisfaction of wearing a hand-knit sock. Daphne and I hope that the toe patterns in this series are helpful. Knit them as they are written or use them as a starting point to modify to attain the ideal fit. Below are a few tips to achieve a perfect fitting toe.
While the three toes in the series are written to be cinched closed, they can also be grafted together. Kitchener stitch is the most popular way to graft sock toes closed. However, there are a couple other methods that can be found by doing a quick internet search.
Since the toe patterns are written to be cinched closed, they end with a small number of stitches. This creates a more narrow, pointy toe. A pointed toe is fine, and many people enjoy the fit and feel of it. However, if a flatter, broader toe is preferred, finish the toe with 30% to 35% of the total number of stitches left. Stop decreasing stitches earlier than the pattern suggests. Leave 12 or 14 stitches for the small size, 14 or 16 stitches for the medium, and 16 or 18 stitches for the large. Finish the toe by grafting it closed.
Toes come in all different lengths. All three of the toe patterns can be lengthened or shortened by adding or subtracting the number of plain knitted rounds between each decrease round.
Daphne and I want you to love knitting and wearing your DK weight socks. We hope that our recipe, toe patterns, and tips help you achieve the coziest, most comfortable fitting socks in your sock drawer!
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