Three Simple Tricks for Avoiding Pointy Ends on the Toes of your Knit Socks!

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A common complaint among sock knitters are those dreaded pointy ends that pop up on the toes of your socks 🧦. They are an affront to perfectionists everywhere – two aggressive little horns popping up on either side of an otherwise lovely toe.

Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can employ to lessen their appearance!

  1. Start your Kitchener stitch directly AFTER your last decrease round! Don’t do another plain knit round before kitchenering.
  2. Skip the set-up rounds of Kitchener stitch, and get right into it, like so:

Insert your tapestry needle knit-wise into the first stitch on the front needle and pull that stitch off the needle. Next, insert your needle purl-wise into the next stitch on the front needle and leave that stitch on the needle.

Insert your needle purl-wise into the first stitch on the back needle and pull that stitch off the needle. Next, insert your needle knit-wise into the next stitch on the back needle and leave that stitch on the needle.

Keep repeating those two sets of instructions until you have TWO stitches on the front needle, and TWO stitches left on the back needle. Then:

Insert your needle knit-wise into the first stitch on the front needle and pull that stitch off the needle. Next, insert your needle purl-wise into the next stitch on the front needle and pull that stitch off the needle as well. You shouldn’t have any stitches on your front needle, and you should still have two stitches on your back needle.

Insert your needle purl-wise into the first stitch on the back needle and pull that stitch off the needle. Next, insert your needle knit-wise into the last stitch on your back needle and pull that off the needle. You now have no stitches on any needles! Insert your tapestry needle into the stitch directly below that last stitch you kitchnered, and pull the yarn through to the inside of your sock.

That’s it! Following those three steps will help give you a more rounded toe without the pointy ends!

Watch the video below to see me demonstrate these steps!

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