Here’s just the toe. I used Knit Picks Heatherly Worsted in the Juice Box colorway.
How to Knit a Star Toe from the Toe Up
CO 8 sts – most regular cast-ons will work. Or, you could even use a cast-on that’s special for toe-up socks – such as JMCO.
I used a circular needle and put half on each side, with a stitch marker in the middle. You’ll need 2 stitch markers – between sts 2 and 3 and between sts 6 and 7.
This is even easier with DPNs because you’ll use 4 DPN’s, with 2 sts on each one. No need to use SMs, as the needles themselves mark each section.
These instructions will be for a single circular needle.
Setup: Knit around all 8 sts, slipping markers as you come to them.
Rnd 1: (KFB, knit to SM, KFB, knit to end of side) twice; 12 sts.
Repeat this rnd until you have approx half of your total sts.
Then, add in a plain rnd as well
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Repeat rnds 1 and 2 until you have all the sts you need. Given the curve, this will feel a bit tight when you try it on. So, knit until you have just a bit of tightness.
If you didn’t use a CO that’s special for a circular beginning, you’ll have a small hole at the tip. But once you sew it shut and block it, it goes away.
The swirls are so prominent because I used an increase that was NOT invisible. In this case, the KFB is your friend 😉 Don’t replace it with an increase that’s less-visible if you really like those pronounced swirls.
If you think you might like a different increase, but aren’t sure – you already know what I’m going to say. Give it a try to see. Worst case, you’ll need to frog it and try a different increase (or just stick to the KFB).
About the Reviewer: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches.
She’s also on a mission to get everyone to embrace the blocking. And, to avoid using garter stitch edges in swatches.
And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).