Deb’s Almost-Easy Toe-Up Sock

This is the first sock I designed, back in 1999. It was originally published through the Socknitters list, then republished at Naughty Knitterz.

Since neither link seems to be working more than erratically, I am reposting the pattern here.

Deb’s Almost Easy Toe Up Sock

© Deb Wunder, N ovember 15, 1999


One skein of Paton’s Nature Fleece Superwash
Set of five size 6 wooden dpns
NOTE: Gauge will vary depending on what yarn and what size
needles you use.


Cast on 24 stitches.
Round 1: *Sl 1 (with yarn in front), K1, repeat from * to end of
row. Turn work. *sl 1, K1, rep from * to end of row.
Separate the stitches onto two needles as follows: Holding two
needles in your right hand, slip the K stitches to one needle, and
the sl sts to the other needle. Place a marker for beginning of next round.
Round 2: 1st needle: Inc 1, k across, inc 1. 2nd needle: Inc 1, k across, Inc 1
Round 3: Knit even on both needles
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until sock is width of foot (I used 40 stitches as my width.) Divide stitches onto four
needles altogether and knit with the fifth needle. (I had 10 sts on each needle.)
Knit even until foot is to where you want to begin your heel.

Short Row Heel:

Row 1: Knit across first two needles until last stitch. Wrap last stitch, turn
Row 2: Purl across stitches just worked until last stitch. Wrap last stitch, turn.
Repeat these two rows, having one less stitch knitted on each row until you have purled 8 stitches and wrapped
the last stitch. Turn.
Knit around entire row, then knit the eight stitches again. Turn
Row 1: P 8, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 2: K9, wrap next stitch, turn.
Continue doing this until you have knitted 20 stitches. Continue to knit around the row.


Knit one inch in stockinette stitch, then switch to K2, P2 ribbing. Work even until desired length, then cast off.

Hope everyone enjoys this. It makes a great sock that fits into even my running shoes.


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