This pattern is designed to be knit CUFF DOWN, but can be knit TOE-UP if so desired. In this pattern, I use a Tubular Cast-On. https://youtu.be/9T0TsGMhG3c. If you don’t wish to use that, I suggest the German Twisted Cast-On. Both produce a very neat but also stretchy edge. Here is a very helpful tutorial if this is a new technique for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcwmCuIylII
I love knitting this pattern with 9” circular needles, but they’re definitely not necessary. (Please be aware that if you do use 9” circular needles, an additional needle with a longer cord or DPN’s in the same size are necessary for knitting the toe.)
This pattern is written with an AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL, but any heel may be substituted. The method I describe in the instructions does not use waste yarn and includes cutting into your knitting after the rest of the sock is complete. I love this method because I’ve never had any holes at the corners when using it, and the heels always feel very sturdy. There are many great tutorials for this method out there, but this is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=616gmtAYWLU
Both Written Instructions and Charted Instructions are included for each size.
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