Using four double-point needles, The Easy Toe Cast-On incorporates a provisional cast-on (see pages 24-25) and several plain rows of knitting before increases begin to shape the toe. The Easy Toe can also be worked on one or two circular needles.
1 With waste yarn, provisionally cast on the number of stitches specified in the table on the opposite page for your yarn type. See "Provisional Cast-On" on pages 24-25 for two different methods.
2 Work 4 rows even in stockinette stitch [knit 1 row, purl 1 row] twice.
3 Rotate the work so that the provisional cast-on is above the working needle. Pull out the provisional cast-on (waste yarn) and place the live stitches onto another needle.
4 Rotate the work again so that the working yarn is attached to the right-hand side of the top needle. You will now begin knitting in the round.
5 Divide the stitches evenly over four needles by slipping half of the stitches off each needle purlwise onto new needles. Each needle should have the same number of stitches.
6 Increase as follows:
Needle 1: k1, m1, k to end of needle. Take up another empty needle.
Needle 2: k to last st, m1, k1. Take up another empty needle.
Needle 3: k1, m1, k to end of needle. Take up another empty needle.
You have now evenly divided the stitches over four double-pointed needles and increased the total number of stitches by 4.
7 Place a split marker or piece of scrap yarn in the work to indicate the beginning of the round. Now begin alternating toe increase rounds with plain rounds.
Needle 1: K1, ml, k to end of needle. Needle 2: K to last st, m1, k1. Needle 3: K1, m1, k to end of needle. Needle 4: K to last st, m1, k1. Round 2:
All needles: Knit.
8 Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you reach the total number of stitches in the sock, according to the table on p. 64 (top-down sock). The Easy Toe is complete!
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If you are working a pattern stitch across the top of the foot, make sure you have the correct number of stitches for the pattern repeat. If necessary, increase extra stitches across the top of the foot on the last plain round to provide the right number of stitches.
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