Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Top-down or Toe-up

T is for Top-down or Toe-up.  So when it comes to knitting socks there seems to be a fairly strong preference among knitter about top-down versus toe-up.  I will admit I prefer top-down.  I suspect that this has to do with the fact that the very first pair of socks I knit were top-down.  I have now knit so many top-down socks that I can quite easily knit a pair of basic socks without the need for a pattern.  I know how to make them fit my feet just right.  I have knit several pair of toe-up socks but they do not come as easily to me.  I have to pay careful attention to how I start and for how to do the heel.  I like the fit when I do get them finished but I am always afraid that I start the heel too soon and that it won't fit.

So, if you are a sock knitter, which do you prefer - top-down or tor-up??


  1. Like I said, I've never attempted knitting a pair of socks (but what useful thing to knit!) but I think my preference would be top-down because there's more room for error.

    Cheers, Stephanie

  2. I only wear socks to work out in, and I'm not a knitter. Still, it intrigues me that there's preferences and maybe controversy about which approach is better.

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