Different toe shaping for socks

I have knit about ten pairs of socks, always doing a kitchener stitch to close the toes. Every sock has a toe with “ears.” On August 8, 2018, MDK posted an article by Kate Atherley under techniques: “Socks without ears.” She offers several solutions, and for my current pair of socks I chose to do her non-kitchener closure, the last solution in her article. Does anyone do this closure on her socks? My question is about her statement, “Work only decrease rounds until 8-10 stitches remain.” I don’t know if she means 8-10 stitches total or 8-10 stitches on each needle. I don’t know how to contact her directly. Can anyone answer this question or tell me how to contact Kate? Thanks so much in advance.

I just went back and looked and it is definitely 8 to 10 total stitches. Any other combo would be way too many stitches to cinch up like that. You would have wrinkles and puckers. Let us know how it works out.


Thank you.

I’m trying to reply again to kjt1211. I finished the toe at a total of 8 stitches. Wow! It was challenging to wrestle the needles around so few stitches. I’m going to review Kate’s article and choose something else for my next pair of socks. I love the way this one looks, but I’m not looking forward to doing this again on Sock #2.
What’s your favorite toe method?

Patty Lyons has a great tutorial on knitting Kitchner without ears.

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Thank you Lisa. I always read the daily MDK post and didn’t remember the one from Patty Lyons. Thanks for your help.

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Would you consider making socks from the toe up? No kitchner or cinching needed! I just decided one day to try toe-up using Judy’s Magic Cast On. The cast on and increases are SO much easier for me and I can try on the sock as I go to double check the fit. I found Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off to be equally helpful for good cuff fit and relatively easy to learn/do. Best of luck! Cheryl


I have not tried the toe-up sock but it’s worth a try. Thank you for your suggestion.