Although it's not as common as the top-down method, you can also make socks from the toe up. Setting up the toe stitches takes a little ingenuity, but once you master it with the first sock, the second will come easily. The benefit of working socks this way is that you can try them on as you go and customize the fit more easily and accurately than with the cuff-to-toe method.
This sock pattern is written for one size and gauge, just to show you how it works. The sample shown here is knit in self-patterning yarn, or yarn that has been dyed at intervals along the strand so that a stripe pattern forms as you knit. It's fun to watch the design appear.
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