How to Knit Toe Up Socks Video Tutorial

By Lauren

how to knit toe up socks knitting tutorialHey There!  Today I am super excited to teach you how to knit toe up socks!  Toe up socks are awesome because you can truly try them on as you go to ensure perfect fit, and you can customize the sock height based on how much yarn you have left 😉

There are 3 main techniques used to knit toe up socks which I show you in the video below – Judy’s Magic Cast On, Increasing for the Toe, and a Short Row Heel.

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Judy’s Magic Cast On

Judy’s Magic Cast On – This cast on method truly is magic!  This cast on will create a seamless toe, and the stitches are ready to knit like normal as soon as you cast on! (video: 2:36)

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Increase for the Toe

Increase for the Toe – I show you my favorite way to increase for the toe, by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch on each side of the sock.  A total of 4 increases are made for each increase round, which will occur every other round until the total number of stitches for the foot are reached. (video: 5:10)

After increasing for the Toe, you will just be knitting in the round until you are ready to start the heel.  You generally want to start the heel when the sock measures 1.5-1.75″ less than your total foot length.

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Short Row Heel

Short Row Heel – I love this heel method because it creates a really clean, simple heel.  Short rows are used to turn the heel so that you can start knitting the leg of the sock.  If you are scared of knitting short rows, have no fear – I walk you through every step of the heel in the video! (video: 10:54)

After working the short row heel, you are ready to knit in the round again until you reach your desired height of sock!  Woohoo!


Are you ready to knit up some super awesome socks?!  The 3 techniques I show you in the video are the exact techniques I used for all of the socks in my brand new sock collection “Look at Those Legs!”  You can find the entire collection of 5 patterns on Ravelry here or click the images below for more info about each pattern. :)

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      young at heart cable knit socks with lace trim collagediamond in the ruffle cable knit over the knee socks knitting pattern collage

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you and that you’re excited about knitting socks! :)


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11 Comments on How to Knit Toe Up Socks Video Tutorial

  1. zorab
    February 8, 2016 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    It is an amazing tutorial about making toe up socks. You have well explained through this video. I have seen this video three times and will definitely try to make this type of socks for my daughter.

    • Lauren
      March 21, 2016 at 11:25 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Happy it helped :)

  2. Adam Colwell
    April 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm (8 months ago)

    I love your patterns and the seamless toe. I’ve bought all your sock patterns and they are always so easy to understand. I am having trouble with the fox eyes. I figured out the placement but the changing of the colours is causing me some difficulty. I can only find videos on patterns where you only have a gap of two stitches between the change in colour so you only have a small loop in the back. I did not have problems with the ice-cream beanie because I twisted both colours to keep them at the same point and made sure there was enough slack so it would still stretch. I tried this on the sock but the black pokes through on the back of the sock. Can you point me in the direction of something that might help to complete the eyes in the socks?
    Thank you 😊

    • Lauren
      April 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Adam! Are you doing duplicate stitch? When I did the eyes, I did the white part first, and as you said you just skip over the the parts that aren’t white like the eyes and eyelashes, and leave a little slack there is it’s not tight. After the white was finished, I did the black parts of the eyes (the eye and lashes). I did not try to do both colors at the same time. Does that help? Thanks! Lauren

  3. Sarada Dutta
    June 17, 2017 at 4:27 am (6 months ago)

    Very nice video for me as a beginner …… Thanks mam.

  4. Julie
    July 16, 2017 at 9:10 am (5 months ago)

    How do I do a stretchy cast off in over the knee socks without it flaring please

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm (5 months ago)

      Hi Julie, if you use a needle significantly larger than the one you’re using to bind off, it will be looser, but shouldn’t flare.

  5. Colettte
    October 1, 2017 at 7:29 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Lauren, What a wonderful video!!!! Very clear, succinct and easily understandable. I’ve been wanting to make knee socks for my daughter and have been afraid they wouldn’t fit, not stay up…..etc, the ease with which you have presented the techniques have allayed my fears. Thank you so much. Great job!

    • Lauren
      November 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm (4 weeks ago)

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the nice comment! :)

  6. Candace
    October 30, 2017 at 10:46 pm (2 months ago)

    On the heel section, is the number for the middle of the heel different based on the coins on the needle or is it always 5? I’m still new to knitting and this is my first toe up socks attempt.

    • Lauren
      November 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Hi Candace! The number will be based on the size you are making. It is usually about 30% of the total heel stitches.


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