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What is your favorite cast on method for toe up socks?
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May 23, 2013 13:22:45   #
Beatlesfan
 
I want to make my first pair of toe up socks but there are so many cast on methods that I am confused. Also, why do some of the patterns talk about a "heel flap" and others completely ignore the "heel flap"? Probably when I make my first sock, I will understand but right now I am confused.
 
May 23, 2013 13:30:49   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
When I was going to make my first pair I consulted

http://knitfreedom.com/free-patterns

Liat Gat has several patterns for different weight yarns and patterns that are easy to follow and produce good results.

Check it out. Hope you find it as useful as I did

Have fun making socks. I sure do.
May 23, 2013 13:34:24   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
I like this cast on:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html

A lot of toe up sock patterns don't have a heel flap. They often have a short row heel, there are many ways to make a SRH. Actually, toe ups with a heel flap are hard to find.
May 23, 2013 13:50:19   #
kehinkle
 
Go to the workshops on here and there is a toe up sock one. Designer123 is the coordinator of them. I did my first heeled sock with this pattern and found it really easy.
May 23, 2013 13:52:05   #
Beatlesfan
 
kehinkle wrote:
Go to the workshops on here and there is a toe up sock one. Designer123 is the coordinator of them. I did my first heeled sock with this pattern and found it really easy.


What workshops?
May 23, 2013 13:55:23   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Beatlesfan wrote:
I want to make my first pair of toe up socks but there are so many cast on methods that I am confused. Also, why do some of the patterns talk about a "heel flap" and others completely ignore the "heel flap"? Probably when I make my first sock, I will understand but right now I am confused.


My favorite cast on for Toe up Socks is Judy's Magic Cast On... easy (I find it easiest to do even on one needle and odd on other needle..start knitting into even needle). I then knit the first couple of rounds with both working yarn and long tail ... it reinforces the toe while knitting it.
As to the heel ... there are may ways to do the heel. I use a simple short row heel with out wrapping and turning...just turn, found in "lifestyle toe up sock" pattern available from Ravelry.
There is also a Wrap and Turn short row heel as well as Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel (another version of short row heel). Then you have the Fleegle heel (not sure of spelling) and a heel flap with gusset. There is also the afterthought heel.
Once you figure out which heel to do...then you will want to think of the way you want to bind off... my fav is Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.
All of the things mentioned cast on, heels, and bind off can be found by doing a google search... and you will find many youtube video tutorials.
Good luck. Once I started knitting socks....I have become totally addicted...working on about my 40th pair (having trouble keeping track of how many I have knit) lots for gifts.
Jane
 
May 23, 2013 14:12:06   #
KnittingNerd
 
I've been using the provisional cast on...long tail cast on using waste yarn...fairly easy so far
May 23, 2013 18:57:39   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
My favorite toe-up cast on is the Turkish Cast On. It makes a beautiful seamless toe.

Regarding the heel flap, the reason that some patterns do not mention the heel flap is because there are other ways to make a heel (for example, the "short row heel" ) that do not incorporate a heel flap. There are lots of different types of heels for socks. The heel flap version is probably just the most common.
May 24, 2013 07:26:40   #
pommom2
 
My favorite toe-uo is the one in the free patterns on Elann.com.
May 24, 2013 09:30:05   #
Ronie
 
My favorite sock teacher is Cat Bordhi... she is a very easy teacher. She teaches you how to cast on for the toe and cast off so you can get your foot in your socks!!! she shows you a short row heel that is wonderful... If you have never done a pair of socks I urge you to look at her videos and see if you like her style.. personally I love her.. she has a way of teaching that sticks in you head... :)
http://catbordhi.com/
May 24, 2013 10:40:10   #
bizzyknitter
 
mirl56 wrote:
I like this cast on:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html

A lot of toe up sock patterns don't have a heel flap. They often have a short row heel, there are many ways to make a SRH. Actually, toe ups with a heel flap are hard to find.


:thumbup:
 
May 24, 2013 11:33:25   #
chickkie (a regular here)
 
I just wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the needles, and then knit into them. It is the same as the figure 8 cast on that so many use without twisting between the needles. Much easier and looks good.
May 24, 2013 12:26:00   #
laureen227
 
Beatlesfan wrote:
I want to make my first pair of toe up socks but there are so many cast on methods that I am confused. Also, why do some of the patterns talk about a "heel flap" and others completely ignore the "heel flap"? Probably when I make my first sock, I will understand but right now I am confused.

I like Judy's Magic Cast-on & Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel. the STH is a short-row heel (no heel flap) & doesn't need a gusset.
May 24, 2013 12:32:09   #
RavinRed
 
Beatlesfan wrote:
I want to make my first pair of toe up socks but there are so many cast on methods that I am confused. Also, why do some of the patterns talk about a "heel flap" and others completely ignore the "heel flap"? Probably when I make my first sock, I will understand but right now I am confused.


I like the Magic cast on and I do make the heel flaps...I made one pair with the afterthought heel but did not like the fit...
May 24, 2013 13:14:24   #
sanaylor
 
mirl56 wrote:
I like this cast on:
http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html

A lot of toe up sock patterns don't have a heel flap. They often have a short row heel, there are many ways to make a SRH. Actually, toe ups with a heel flap are hard to find.


Agree. This is a great cast-on method for toe up socks.
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