Create a Sock Recipe: Part 3- Toe-up vs. Cuff-down

One of the many decisions you will have to make when knitting your socks is whether you want to knit them toe-up or cuff-down. For me there is no clear winner here. Both methods are equally easy and each have their pros and cons.

I will say that I usually knit my socks cuff down. I have two reasons for this and they both are mainly aesthetics.

  1.  1. I really don’t like the way Jenny’s supper stretchy bind off looks and I have yet to find a bind off that looks better but is still stretchy enough for the tops of socks.
  2. 2. I like to knit a heel flat and gusset with my socks and while it is possible to do toe up I prefer the look and fit when they are knit cuff down.

Toe-up socks allow you to knit a sock that is pretty customize able in regards to size. Since you can try the sock on as you go it is pretty easy to create a sock that is exactly the right length. Another advantage to knitting toe-up socks it that there is no yarn chicken. In other words because you knit the important part of the sock first you don’t need to worry about leaving enough yarn to knit the foot. If you are someone who does not like scrap yarn laying around knitting socks toe-up might be the way to go since you can knit the leg until you run out of yarn.

Cuff-down socks are my personal favorite. I think cuff-down socks fit my feet better than toe-up socks do. I also really don’t like the way Jenny’s Super Stretchy Bind-off looks. Sorry Jenny, but I don’t find your bind-off aesthetically pleasing. Also, I think Jenny’s bind-off is a little too stretchy and does not hug my leg the way I would like. Maybe there’s a stretchy bind-off out there that doesn’t look bad but I have yet to find it.

Why I Make Time for Knitting When I Don’t Have the Any

Like any hobby I knit because it’s relaxing and I enjoy it, the finished objects are nice but they are really just a byproduct for me. When I get really busy with school or work or both it can be hard to find the time to knit and work on my projects. Sure, there are days where the unfinished sweaters and socks feel like one more thing on my to-do list but those days are far and few between.

Most days I would much rather sit and knit than face my term papers or the endless stream job applications. But for me knitting is so much more than another way to procrastinate. A few rows of knitting in the middle of a hectic day can mean the difference between feeling busy and feeling swamped.

When I take time out of my day to knit and relax I return to my tasks refreshed and ready to get stuff done. Do I pay for that knitting time?  Maybe, taking a knitting break sometimes means dinner is on the table at Seven instead of Six. But how big of a price is that? Am I going to remember next month what time we ate dinner? No. Am I going to remember if I was stressed out of my mind with school work? Absolutely.

It comes down to priorities. When life gets hectic I have to decide if my sanity is more important than hunkering down and getting things done more quickly. There are definitely times when meeting a deadline means sacrificing a little bit of my sanity but most of the time there is nothing to gain by wrapping up at five instead of six.

Will this change next year when I am working in an office environment? Probably, but for now I am going to save myself the headache by making time for myself.