Daily Archives: February 27, 2008

The Perfect Knitblogger’s Mom

The perfect knitblogger’s mom: The day before she gets her humungo first cast (aka Robert Jones dressing) off, she takes a picture to prove that her hand-knit Casbah Toe Sock actually fits over it. And has it delivered over on a flash drive to her blogger daughter.


I told you she was cool!

She’s happier that her subsequent cast is significantly smaller and lighter (also more colorful!), though it’s still a l-o-n-g time before weight can be borne.

Eventually, she’ll be able to wear the toe sock in its smallest configuration, however, inside a surgical boot, as below (imagine the boot):


K2 P2 rib is truly an amazing feat of engineering, n’est-ce pas?

If anyone wishes to recreate the amazing expandable Toe Sock, loosely cast on about 64 stitches in a sport or DK weight yarn (if you used fingering weight, I’d try 80), and join circularly using your circular knitting method of choice. Knit in K2 P2 rib on needles that are on the bigger side of the recommended range for your yarn (for maximum stretchiness), for about 6 – 8 inches, 15 – 20 cm (depending on the size of the recipient and the cast — the bigger the cast, the longer the sock needs to be).

Then decrease as follows:

Round 1: *k2, p2 tog, k2, p2* around (56 stitches)

Round 2: *k2, p1, k2, p2* around

Round 3: *k2, p1, k2, p2 tog* around (48 stitches)

Round 4: *k2, p1, k2, p1* around

Round 5: *k2, k2tog, k1, p1* around (40 stitches)

Round 6: *K4, p1* around

Round 7: *k3, SSK* around (32 stitches)

Round 8: *k2, k2 tog* around (24 stitches)

Round 9: *k1, k2 tog* around (16 stitches)

Round 10: *k2 tog* around (8 stitches)

This makes a ’round’ top like a hat, which makes whichever way the sock is put on, the correct way!


Break off yarn, thread yarn through stitches on needle, pull tight on inside with a single overhand knot, and weave in ends. Voila — a extremely adaptable toe sock.

And, if you don’t need a toe sock, it makes a great preemie hat!