Toe-Up Socks — finishing

Now that the heels are turned, we have only to finish these socks! We need to rib the cuff and bind off.

Due to the nature of circular knitting — in that we are not knitting circles but rather spirals — there may be a very small gap on one side of each of your socks. This can be all but eliminated by doing a final k2tog at each of the places where the heel meets the top. If you have these little gaps at sides where the socks do not meet (because of 2@a time knitting, just place a stitch on a holder and then pick it up on the other side when you knit around.)

Alright, now that those ‘joins’ are finished off with a k2tog at each — count all the stitches for each sock.

Do you have a preferred ribbing? Some prefer k2, p2 — others k2, p1.
If they are socks for my thicker ankles I like a k3, p3 because I don’t need it to gather as strongly — but my husband has thin ankles, when compared to his foot, so k2, p2 or k2, p1 works better.

Now see if the number of stitches you have per sock can be equally divided by your preferred ribbing.
If you have 50 stitches (for example) then you can do k3, p2 easily
(50 divided by 5 = 10 sets)

If you have too many stitches, then do additional decreases at the ‘joins’ until you have the correct number for your preferred ribbing.

As soon as you have the correct # of stitches, begin the ribbing. You may also choose to launch right into ribbing, encompassing the decreases within that first round.

Starting the ribbing right away helps to hide any tiny gap at the joins — they become ‘lost’ in the elasticity of the ribbing.

How much ribbing do you need?
At least an inch for sufficient elasticity — though more is better.
Another way to track it is a minimum of 30 rounds for durable ribbing.

You may choose to keep ribbing until your yarn (almost) runs out or your fingers fall off or you begin to hallucinate of boredom. 😉 (I’ve just about done all three.)

My hubby tends to prefer ankle socks…but I still put at least 3-4 inches of ribbing on — to prevent sock sagginess during wear. He then can fold or roll the socks down if he should so desire.


A super stretchy bind-off is crucial to finishing your socks well. A ‘too-tight’ bind-off can nullify all the wonderful work on a beautiful pair of socks.

If you have a ‘go-to’ bind-off that works for you…use it!

Here’s what works for me: Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off YouTube video of method by the always amazing Cat Bordhi.

Final finishing detail:
– weave in the long-tail cast-on remaining at the toe

You are done. 😀


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