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My First Toe-Up Socks

Make toe-up socks you'll love to slip on. Gain the skills and confidence to choose yarn, customize length, add color options, incorporate a heel and more.
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Ready to dip your toes into sock knitting? Start working fantastic footwear with an afterthought heel alongside knitting designer and author Susan B. Anderson. Discover the benefits of this fun, unique method and see what supplies you need to have on hand. Then, find your specific measurements, start your socks with Judy's Magic Cast-On and practice using both double-pointed and magic loop needles for versatility. Take the next step in sock knitting as you learn how to knit an even toe increase, check gauge and find your ideal foot length, and even incorporate an afterthought heel placeholder. Move on to customizing your socks with Susan's tips for simple stitch patterns, stylish cuffs and a stretchy bind-off. End your socks successfully by returning to your afterthought heel to pick up stitches, work the Kitchener stitch, weave in ends and use blocking to make your stitches shine.


Susan B. Anderson

Thank you for joining me on this new adventure. I’m looking forward to knitting with all of you and to showing you how to work with fantastic yarns, colors, and fresh new patterns.

Susan B. Anderson, is the author of six knitting books, including the best-selling Kids' Knitting Workshop. In 2016, Susan and her son started a yarn and pattern company, Barrett Wool Co. Susan's favorite part of being a knitting teacher is traveling the country, teaching, and meeting knitters from all over the world.

By This Expert

Knitting 101
Setting Up for Success

01: Setting Up for Success

Meet Susan B. Anderson and start class by learning the benefits of making toe-up socks and look at the supplies you'll need to succeed. Susan will explain the different parts of a knitted sock and how to make them work together based on your unique measurements.

14 min
Casting On

02: Casting On

After taking a look at your pattern, yarn options and sizes, you'll learn how to work Judy's Magic cast on to create an invisible seam! Then, you'll practice working in the round with both double-pointed and magic loop needles so you're comfortable using either type.

16 min
Working the Toe & Foot

03: Working the Toe & Foot

The next step in your sock journey is working the toe increase. Susan will help you create an even increase, and you'll see how to check gauge to make sure your socks are properly sized. You'll also customize the length of your sock foot for a comfortable, custom fit.

26 min
Placing the Afterthought Heel

04: Placing the Afterthought Heel

Learn how to work Susan's favorite part of toe-up socks: the afterthought heel. She'll explain how this fun heel is made and fits into the 'sock map'. Next, you'll discover the best yarns to use for the heel placeholder, and Susan will share tips on working with self-striping yarn.

17 min
The Leg & Cuff

05: The Leg & Cuff

Ready for more smooth sailing? You'll start to make the sock leg, using this space to customize your socks. Susan will show you how to make a cuff and give you a few options for the most comfortable and stable fit before showing you an easy but stretchy way to bind off your socks.

13 min
Working the Heel & Finishing

06: Working the Heel & Finishing

Before you know it, you'll be ready for the big finale: the heel. Susan will walk you step by step through removing the placeholder yarn, picking up stitches and working the heel decreases. Ever heard of the Kitchener stitch? You'll use it to close up your heel invisibly! Then, finish your socks in style with weaving in ends and blocking.

32 min