Simple Toe Up Socks!

Simple Toe Up Socks!


For one pair of adult sized socks, you will need 2 balls of Scheepjes sock yarn. You can use either Scheepjes Invicta Extra, or the new Scheepjes Metropolis with 80 colours!! Get your yarn via Scheepjes retailers or via this webshop*:

Voor één paar sokken in een volwassen maat heb je 2 bollen Scheepjes sokkengaren nodig: Scheepjes Invicta Extra of het nieuwe Scheepjes Metropolis sokkengaren in wel 80 kleuren! Koop je garen via Scheepjes retailers of deze webshop*:

Wool Warehouse (UK) Caro’s Atelier (NL)

Depends on gauge, I used 2.25 mm Knitpro DPNs
Hangt van draadspanning af, ik gebruik 2,25 mm Knitpro DPNs (dubbelpuntige naalden)

Simple toe up socks // Simpele sokken vanaf de teen omhoog

I’m pleased to announce my very first sock pattern! This is a simple toe-up sock pattern with German short row heel. Please continue reading below for the instructions and instruction videos.

Graag deel ik mijn eerste sokken breipatroon met jullie! Het is mijn favoriete patroon: je begint met de teen en werkt vanaf daar omhoog naar het boord. Voor de hiel heb ik gekozen voor Duitse verkorte toeren, heel gemakkelijk om te leren en daarna goed te onthouden zonder patroon erbij. Zie hieronder voor de links naar de geschreven patronen en de bijbehorende video’s.

Purchase a PDF version of the Simple Toe Up Socks pattern in English and Dutch.  The paid PDF version is without any ads, and easy to print for each separate language.

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Why Toe-Up? // Waarom bij de teen beginnen?

My favourite way of knitting socks is from the toe up and ending at the cuff, it makes it much easier for me to make the most out of the yardage I have available. For the foot, you’ll always have to make sure the length is spot on to get the correct fit. For the leg, you can basically vary from making very short socks, to making knee high socks! If you complete the foot first, you know afterwards that you can use up all of the yarn you have left over for the leg, so you can make the most out of your yarn. And maybe most importantly… no kitchener stitching the toe together!

En waarom begin ik het liefst bij de teen van een sok, zullen jullie je misschien afvragen? Nou, als je vanaf de teen begint kun je in principe doorbreien totdat je garen op is, je kunt het ‘been’ namelijk zo lang maken als je wilt! Twijfel je of je genoeg garen hebt voor een sok van normale lengte? Dan is bij de teen beginnen een goede optie. Verdeel het garen voordat je begint precies door de helft zodat je evenveel garen hebt voor elke sok. Nog een voordeel van bij de teen beginnen is dat je geen ‘kitchener’ steek hoeft te doen! Deze steek gebruik je normaal gesproken om de teen dicht te naaien.

Different sections // Verschillende delen

I’ve divided the sock pattern into different sections, each with written instructions and instruction videos to make it even more clear.

Het patroon heb ik opgedeeld in verschillende delen, elk compleet met geschreven instructies en ook instructievideo’s.

Part 1: The foot // Deel 1: de voet

For this part, please view the written instructions here. In this part you can find instructions on how to cast-on, how to increase for the toe, and how to create the texture pattern. If you are choosing to do a different colour for the toe, this will also be specified in the pattern.

Bekijk de geschreven instructies voor dit onderdeel hier. Ik leg uit hoe je steken opzet voor de teen, hoe je meerdert en hoe je het textuurpatroontje breit. Er wordt bij vermeld waar je van kleur moet wisselen als je graag de teen in een andere kleur garen breit.

Videos for this part // video’s voor dit onderdeel:

Part 2: The heel + the leg // Deel 2: de hiel en het been

For this part, please view the written instructions here. The heel used in this pattern is called the German short row heel, which is my favourite heel of all time! It’s easy to memorize and looks great too. This heel does leave a little gap on each side of the foot, the second video down below shows you how to close them.

De geschreven instructies voor dit deel vind je hier. De hiel in dit patroon heet de ‘Duitse verkorte toeren hiel’, en is mijn favoriete hiel om te breien. Gemakkelijk te onthouden en het ziet er mooi uit in contrasterend garen. Bij deze hiel vormen zich wel twee gaatjes, één aan elke zijkant van de hiel. Bekijk de bonusvideo hieronder voor instructies hoe je deze gaatjes dichtmaakt.

Videos for this part // video’s voor dit onderdeel:

Part 3: Knitting the cuff and binding off // Deel 3: het boord en afkanten

For this part, please view the written instructions here. It includes the pattern for the cuff and instructions on how to bind off.

De geschreven instructies voor dit onderdeel vind je hier. In dit deel leg ik uit hoe je het boord breit en hoe je elastisch afkant.

De geschreven instructies voor dit onderdeel vind je hier

Videos for this part // video’s voor dit onderdeel:

In the bonus video below, I’ll show you how to weave in the ends on your socks.

In de bonusvideo hieronder laat ik je zien hoe je draadeindjes onzichtbaar wegwerkt bij sokken.

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  1. Gigi
    January 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm — Reply

    What a simple but lovely way to cast on. You explain what to do so clearly. I am truly motivated to tackle a new skill!

    Your needles are so beautiful, what brand are they and where did you purchase them from?

    • January 6, 2018 at 9:37 am — Reply

      Hi Gigi, thank you so much for your comment! I hope your socks will come along smoothly 🙂 My double pointed needles are from KnitPro (or Knitters Pride outside of Europe). They’re available at retailers of Scheepjes yarns as the needles come from the same supplier. The circular needles are Chiaogoo’s and can be found online. Hope this helps! x Carmen

  2. Theresa Mckay
    February 17, 2018 at 11:35 am — Reply

    Hi Carmen
    Just to let you know this is now my favourite sock pattern – excellent tutorial!
    I’m in the UK and love your podcasts – good luck with your designs.

  3. hayat
    September 1, 2018 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    hi I’m hayat from morocco, i’m very thankfull for your tutorials , i made this sock pattern for my futur baby it’s look lovely . thank you very very much.

    • September 7, 2018 at 10:23 am — Reply

      Hello Hayat, that is so nice to hear! Thank you for sharing and I wish you lots of happiness with your future baby!

  4. Vicki J.
    December 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm — Reply

    Do you like knitting these socks on DPN or the circular needle best? Just curious if one seems easier than the other. This will be my first attempt at knitting socks and I am wonder which way I should go. I do have both types of needles.

    • December 17, 2019 at 9:10 pm — Reply

      Hi Vicki, good question! I find it most enjoyable to knit socks on circular needles. The first reason is that the stitches are more secure, a circular needle is longer than DPNs so you have less risk of stitches dropping off. Second, your stitches are divided in 2 halves instead of in 3 parts for DPNs. This makes most patterns easier to read since they are mostly written for circular needles, and it makes knitting faster because you only have 2 ‘pauses’ in between knitting 🙂

  5. Tricia
    July 30, 2020 at 5:23 am — Reply

    Hi Carmen,
    I noticed that your video on closing the gap on heel sides is only shown on DPN’s. As I’m using circular needles, does this mean I can skip this step? I appreciate any help you can provide!
    Thank you so much!

    • July 30, 2020 at 10:52 am — Reply

      Hello Tricia,
      thank you for your comment! Yes I noticed this too, no idea why I didn’t record one for circular needles at the time. Might be because these steps are super similar, I use exactly the same technique for circular needles. So definitely don’t skip this step!

  6. Cheryl
    August 4, 2020 at 3:06 am — Reply

    this is the first time I have ever knitted socks. I am 73. Your videos made every step so simple using dpns. Thank you for taking the time to make them.

    • August 5, 2020 at 10:01 am — Reply

      Thank you Cheryl, I’m so glad to hear that! Knitting socks is so much fun isn’t it 🙂

  7. Becky
    November 7, 2020 at 11:11 pm — Reply

    Your instructions were the most helpful I’ve found on a toe up sock pattern. My difficulty is getting the heel stitches (where I’m knitting the double stitches to form the gusset) as tight as the rest of my stitches. Is there a trick to where exactly you place the needle to knit those double stitches that gets the desired effect? (I believe I am pulling it really tight to form the double stitch).

    • November 9, 2020 at 12:16 pm — Reply

      Hi Becky, thank you so much for your comment! What might help with the double stitches is to not only pull that stitch tight, but also the two following stitches. For my first few pairs of socks my double stitches were also a bit loose, after a while you’ll get the hang of using the right tension for the heel.
      Happy knitting!

  8. Charlotte
    December 29, 2020 at 8:23 am — Reply

    Hi, I’m just commenting to let you know that the links for the heel pattern seem to have gotten messed up?

    • December 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm — Reply

      Hey Charlotte, thank you for your message! I just checked and they seem to be all right? I will admit that the titles can be confusing, for my youtube video the heel part is ‘part 3’, and for the written pattern it’s ‘part 2’, perhaps that’s what you meant? Please do let me know if I misunderstood 🙂

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  10. Nicole
    December 29, 2023 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    Hi, can I make these two at a time? Thanks

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Simple Toe Up Socks!