Toe-Up Socks.............Aaaarrrgh!

I’ve tried 3 times to start my first toe-up socks with the figure 8 cast on…

Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgh!!! I’m ready to give up!!!

I’ve found that the Turkish Cast-On is easier. Try this site for a good tutorial.


It is an awkward cast-on but stick to it and you will get the hang of it.

I found this article from Knitty to be very helpful.

Best of luck,

Thanks both. I’m using Knit Pics Essentials for the first time. It seems almost TOO thin (on size 4 DPNs).

My favorite way to do it is to start with a provisional cast on like knitting into a crochet chain, purling a row, knitting a row purling a row and then releasing the chain and picking up those stitches. You don’t have to fiddle with tightening it up later.

Essential is a finger weight yarn and the recommended needle size is 1-3. Fours will make a rather loose weave and less sturdy. I’d probably use a 1 or 2 for that weight myself.

I haven’t made toe up socks, but I did a hat that required it and it took me awhile to figure it out, too!