I'm knitting socks for Christmas gifts and have varied sizes to make. One gal has a pretty large and long foot so I was kind of concerned about having enough yarn in my 100 gram ball to make the cuff and ankle as long as I normally do. So when I have a large foot to fit or using a yarn that I haven't had experience with before, I usually do a toe up sock so I can take advantage of all the yarn without running out at the toe like could happen if I knit larger sizes with my favorite cuff down method. I don't mind knitting toe up, but I dislike the seams in either the side of the ankle or on both sides of the ribbing as is the norm with toe up socks. So, I came up with this method. I'm not setting any speed records with this method but atleast I don't have to deal with the pesky side seams and I know I won't run out of yarn at the toes.
I first divide my yarn into 2 cakes of equal length or weight of yarn. I have a postal scale that weighs to a tenth of an ounce so that works well. I knit 2 identical cuffs first, transfer the ribber sts to the main bed and knit 2 rows across at main tension. Then scrap off with several rows of waste yarn and set aside. Then I knit 2 identical toe up socks in the round and run my available yarn as far as it will go in the ankle and again scrap off. I jot down the number of rows that I did in the first sock so I know how many rows to knit for the second one.
Then I graft the cuff to the ankle. My favorite grafting method is from the purl side so I lay the cuff onto the sock with right sides together and the scrap yarn enveloped between the layers. The seam of the ribbing can be placed anywhere desired; I like it to go up the back center.
If I'm using a patterned yarn and want matching socks, I make sure that I start each component of the sock at the same place in the color/pattern repeat.
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