Complete a pair of knitted socks with Mary Beth Temple's fantastic final sock tutorial instalment.
Welcome back! You have gotten past the trickiest bit of the sock and now all that’s left is the foot and the toe.
The foot is very simple. At the end of the gusset shaping in the previous post you were back to the 48 stitches you started with. Knit the foot in stocking stitch (stockinette stitch) until its 19 cm (7 ½”) long or 4 cm (1 ½”) less than the length you need to fit yourself comfortably.
Measure the foot from the base of the heel flap for the most accurate measurement.
If you are using a stitch other than stocking stitch (stockinette stitch) for this or a future sock, it’s good to know that most times you would continue the stitch pattern only on the instep stitches (Needle 2) and not on the part that will be under your foot. This not only makes keeping the pattern stitch in pattern a lot easier, but it often makes for a more comfortable sock. You don’t necessarily want to walk on lace or cables when a smooth, plain stitch on the bottom of your foot would feel nicer.
Now it’s off to the toe and the big finish! I find toes very satisfying because they go quickly, and I love how neat they look when they are done.
The toe shaping is similar to the gusset shaping, there’s just more of it. There is a decrease at the end of Needle 1, the beginning and end of Needle 2, and the beginning of Needle 3, and at least to start, we are going to alternate a decrease row with a work even round.
After 8 rounds alternating decreases with plain rounds the shaping is easy to see.
Now eliminate the work even rounds so the shaping happens more quickly, which will leave a nice, rounded toe.
Follow the instructions until you have 12 stitches remaining, 3 on Needles 1 and 3, and 6 on Needle 2. Use Needle 3 to knit the 3 stitches off of Needle 1 so you have 6 stitches on each of two needles, all lined up to graft.
And our final toe, after the grafting.
I hope you had a great time making your first sock – now go forth and knit the other one, lest you fall prey to the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome in which only one of a pair of socks gets made because the knitter was distracted by a different project!