This is it: the sum total of my personal tips for tidier socks. I’m top-down, two-circs devotee, so if you’re a toe-upper, just ignore all this and go watch Maria Bamford’s new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite.
Tip #1: At the Cuff
Cast on an extra stitch. Pattern calls for 64 stitches? Cast on 65. When you join the stitches to begin knitting in the round, pass the last stitch you cast on over the first stitch. It evens out the edge.
Tip #2: At the Gusset
There’s usually a moment when you’ve picked up stitches along the edge of the heel flap. On the next round, knit those picked-up stitches through the back of the stitch. The twisted stitches will snug up what can be a loosey goosey moment in a sock.
Tip #3: At the Toe
You’re down to the final stitches. Before you begin grafting the toe, Cat Bordhi taught me to create a smoother toe by passing the outside stitch on each end over the stitch next to it. Not only does this smooth the edge of the toe, it means two fewer stitches to graft. Score!
And of course, we can never have too many sock tips and tricks, so please share yours!
The yarn here is Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, colorway Family Jewels.