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Toe socks

Captain's Log, Stardate 01.11.2008

Update: I also wrote out the pattern for a pair of tabi socks, or split-toe socks.

I can't help bragging a little. I just finished my first pair of toe socks (I have an unfinished pair of toe socks somewhere, but this is my first completed pair).

These are a belated (VERY belated) graduation present for one of my high school girls in the church youth group. She wanted toe socks in Slytherin colors.

I had a time finding superwash sock yarn in green and silver, and you can tell these are very different types of yarn (one is merino superwash, the other is a wool/elastic blend). But they knit up at the same gauge (almost) and look quite nice, if I say so myself.

They look a little creepy (almost like freaky alien hands). You can see the bump from the heel on the right sock.

I used Michelle Cho's toe sock pattern Update: The previous link was taken down, but here's another that's actually a bit better: toe socks pattern almost exactly (update: I forgot to mention that I knitted these top down rather than toe up the way Michelle did, but that's only because I personally dislike the way the heels look on toe up socks. Instead of decreasing at the base of the toes, I increased with M1 stitches. I put the stitches on a holder and knitted only a few stitches at a time for each toe. I knit the toes like she did.)--adjusting for a slight difference in gauge and wool elasticity.

Haha, let's hope they fit!


Ausjenny said…
you did good.
i am not a knitter and to have toes would make it hard i would think
Delia said…
Those look great. I'm sure your young friend will love them.

I'm also a bit jealous of your knitting abilities. I have no idea how to knit.
Melissa Markham said…
Well done! I don't knit as much as I crochet. And I have never tried something like a sock! It seems to me it would be so complicated...
Very impressive! But Slytherin colors? That girl needs a serious talking to! Hahah.

Ausjenny said…
just have to ask what does Slytherin colors mean? i take it its green and silver but does it stand for something inparticular?
if i should know my excuse is im an aussie!
Crystal Laine said…
LOL,if I had toe socks, they would have to be tiny toes. My aunt always told me I had "sawed off little toes." (She's Southern.)

Anyway, you are awesome. I bet she loves them--and AusJenny--if I'm not mistaken Slytherin refers to a house in Harry Potter and these are the colors of that house (at the school.) Am I right? Do I win?? (ha)
Wow! I'm impressed! I love to knit... but mostly just afghans and sweaters. I've made 2 pairs of socks that turned out nice, but I don't believe I'd have the nerve to attempt TOE socks! I have crocheted lace gloves... which is impressive enough to me... but toe socks? Wow! Good job!
Sarah said…
That is TOTALLY cute, Camy! I'm sending this link on to my sister, she likes both toe socks AND knitting. :)
upwords said…
Check you out! As Sarah said, those are totally cute. Totally. You did a really great job (one which I will not attempt to save us all the pain...)
Elysa said…
I LOVE toe socks and I LOVE those toe socks! If you ever get tired of writing, you definitely have a future in the sock market! ;)
Ellen said…
Hi. I tried to go to the pattern and got an error. Is the link correct? My daughter is looking for a pair just like those and I want to make them. Yours turned out so well....
Camy Tang said…
Ellen, thanks for letting me know. The old link was taken down, but I found another pattern online that's actually a bit better.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the toe sock pattern. Yours came out great and I've been looking every where for a pattern
Kirsten said…
Awesome! My brother's been bugging me for a pair of toe socks ever since I learned to knit. The problem is, his toes are webbed, so he has more like three toes on each foot than five! Let's hope I'm good enough (I'm totally not) to tweak the pattern!
Camy Tang said…
You can do it! I just think of toes as tubes, so each tube is a different length.

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