My most recent post showed you a method of shaping your toe-up socks by starting them off with a waste yarn crocheted chain. Taking that one step further, I thought I would show you the Tabby Sock I designed using the same method.
As you can see in the photo above, I measured the width around my big toe about a half inch from the tip. Dividing this in half gave me the CO width for my Toe Tip Cap for this section of the Tabby Sock.
Calculating the stitches using my gauge (9 sts , and 12 rows per inch), I made my chain, adding 10 additional chain sts for something to hang on to, and proceeded to pick up the number of CO stitches required.
Next, I worked 3 short rows each side to make my cap. Picking up the stitches off the chain, and I knitted in the round with no increases till my toe measure about 2 inches. * This measurement was 1/4 inch longer than the inside length of my toe, to allow for the two sections to meet in the middle of the gap. Not allowing this extra length would have made it uncomfortable to wear.
Leaving a long tail, I cut the yarn, put the live stitches on some waste yarn and proceed to the next toe section.
The four toe section Toe Tip Cap is made exactly like the pattern in this tutorial-More toes tutorial, the only difference is that you only need to measure the width of the first two toes adjacent to the big toe, to calculate your CO stitches. Work the increases on one side only, till you have the number of stitches needed for the width of the four toe base. See below.
Once this section is done, place it on a piece of waste yarn so that it will be flexible. Do not break you yarn.
Now, using the tail from your big toe section, Kitchener stitch the big toe and four toe section together, using about a third of the stitches from the big toe section. Secure the yarn, and weave it in. Next, pick up the stitches off the waste yarn from both sections.
Knit around, picking up at least 3 stitches where the section are joined (front and back). These extra stitches make the sock more comfortable to wear. Try it on! If it needs a few more stitches in the gap, this is the time to do it!!
From here you can proceed with whatever style sock you want.
Hummmmmm???? I wonder if this could work for mittens, too?? I can just imagine have all those little finger tip caps lying around.
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