Crimple – Part 1



Happy New Year and welcome to the first Progressive Needles Knit Along of 2013!  I have been twitching with excitement to share Crimple with you.  This toe up pattern features some of my favorite design elements to create a beautiful sock with a superior fit.  The design is further enhanced by the lovely Cobasi yarn that provides great stitch definition and durability without wool.  Whether you are a novice or a long-time sock knitter, I think you find Crimple to be a delightful knit!

Crimple begins with a patterned toe because why shouldn’t the toe be just as interesting as the rest of the sock?   Most socks begin with a plain stockinette toe that is followed by the instep design.  Crimple’s toe pattern sets the stage for the instep design to flow up from the tip of your toes.  The toe begins as usual with Judy’s Magic Cast On followed by one round of all knit stitches.  Then the fun begins!  As you increase for the toe, the first half of the round will be worked in a rib pattern to create the instep (top of the toe).  The second half of the round will remain in stockinette (all knit) for the sole (bottom of the foot).  I have written out each round for you to make the toe easy to follow.  (Perfect for novices!)  In the instructions, the first line of each round will be the instep and the second line is the sole.  I recommend placing a sticky note under each line as you are working it to help stay on track.  After a few rounds the pattern will emerge on the top of the toe and you will cruise along to its completion.

Crimple is available in three sizes – Small, Medium (Average) and Large.  As spelled out below, size Small will knit Rounds 1-16, Medium will knit Rounds 1-20 and Large will knit Rounds 1-24.  As you finish this mystery toe, be sure that the first half of the stitches (instep/top of toe) are in a rib pattern and the second half of the toe is plain stockinette for the sole.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask them here or in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  I monitor both sites daily to help you every step of the way.  I will post a picture of the toe with next week’s clue.  If you can’t wait until then, many knitters post their photos in the Ravelry group for others to enjoy.  Until next week, happy toes and happy knitting!

Part One

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  • 2 skeins, CoBaSi by HiKoo, 50g/220 yards each
  • US #2 (2.75mm) or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.  Pattern may be knit with double points, two circular or Magic Loop method.  See Magic Loop Video


8.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette.


Women’s Small, Medium and Large.

Small – leg circumference measures approximately 5” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 10”.

Medium – leg circumference measures approximately 6” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 12”.

Large – leg circumference measures approximately 7” unstretched and stretches comfortably to 14”.


kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See kfb Video


Cast On – ALL Sizes 

See Judy’s Magic Cast On Video

Using two needles, cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast On with 12 stitches on each needle.

Securing tail, knit first 12 stitches.

Knit second 12 stitches through the back loop.

Continue with Toe Pattern in appropriate size (below).

(Note to double point needle knitters: I find it best to rearrange stitches at this point.  Place first 12 stitches on needle #1 for instep (top of the toe), 6 stitches each on needle #2 and needle #3 for sole.)


Small Size Toe Pattern

Work the following 16 rounds to establish toe pattern.  In each round the first line refers to the instep (top of the foot) and the second line refers to the sole (bottom of the foot).  The toe pattern will emerge on the instep with the sole remaining in stockinette.  At the completion of the toe, there will be 56 stitches.

1.  Kfb, k2, (p2, k2) 2 times, kfb.

Kfb, k10, kfb.

2.  K1, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 2 times, p1, k1.


3.  Kfb, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 2 times, p1, kfb.

Kfb, k12, kfb.

4.  K1, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1.


5.  Kfb, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, kfb.

Kfb, k14, kfb.

6.  K2, (p2, k2) 4 times.


7.  Kfb, k1, p2, (k2, p2) 3 times, k1, kfb.

Kfb, k16, kfb.

8.  K3, (p2, k2) 4 times, k1.


9.  Kfb, k2, (p2, k2) 4 times, kfb.

Kfb, k18, kfb.

10.  K1, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 4 times, p1, k1.


11.  Kfb, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 4 times, p1, kfb.

Kfb, k20, kfb.

12.  K1, p2, (k2, p2) 5 times, k1.


13.  Kfb, p2, (k2, p2) 5 times, kfb.

Kfb, k22, kfb.

14.  K2, (p2, k2) 6 times.


15.  Kfb, k1, p2, (k2, p2) 5 times, k1, kfb.

Kfb, k24, kfb.

16.  K3, p2, (k2, p2) 5 times, k3.



Medium Size Toe Pattern

Work Rounds 1-16 as above for Small Toe.  Continue with Rounds 17-20.  At the completion of the toe, there will be 64 stitches.

17.  Kfb, k2, (p2, k2) 6 times, kfb.

Kfb, k26, kfb.

18.  K1, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 6 times, p1, k1.


19.  Kfb, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 6 times, p1, kfb.

Kfb, k28, kfb.

20.  K1, p2, (k2, p2) 7 times, k1.



Large Size Toe Pattern

Work Rounds 1-20 as above for Small and Medium Toe.  Continue with Rounds 21-24.  At the completion of the toe, there will be 72 stitches.

21.  Kfb, p2, (k2, p2) 7 times, kfb.

Kfb, k30, kfb.

22.  K2, (p2, k2) 8 times.


23.  Kfb, k1, p2, (k2, p2) 7 times, k1, kfb.

Kfb, k32, kfb.

24.  P1, k2, (p2, k2) 8 times, p1.


STOP!  Next week’s clue will add a beautiful instep design to complement the toe.  Happy knitting!

78 thoughts on “Crimple – Part 1

  1. I’m so glad you are happy with the fit of your sock. To avoid ladders, try keeping the back needle snug to the front as you work the first 2 stitches. (Wish you were sitting next to me so I could demo!) This will come about naturally as you work more with the Magic Loop.

  2. I made the medium as recommended. It fits beautifully! Also, I bought a Skacel circular in size 1 since I started on that size because my knitting was sticking at the join. These needles are smoother for me. But I am still having problems with the ladders and making mistakes (like yarn overs) at that point. Is there a helpful trick for that?

  3. Needle size is irrelevant. Gauge, the number of stitches per inch, is what’s important. Some knitters may use a 2 to achieve gauge and some may use a 1 and so on. The pattern’s listed needle size is what the designer used to achieve the stated gauge. You may need a different needle size to get the same number of stitches. I would knit the toe for the medium with your needles. Measure the stitches per inch on the sole of the toe (stockinette area). If you have too many stitches per inch then continue on and knit the large.

  4. Sorry to bother you again, but I am using size 1 Signature 40 inch needles that I got for Christmas. I don’t have a larger circular. And since you said the 1’s were a bit firmer knit, I wonder if I should knit the large. My upper leg below calf is measures 13 inches.

  5. I would stick with the Medium. The circumference of your foot is the most important measurement. You can knit any size to the length of your foot. The toe cup should almost cover the toes. For the pattern to work correctly, you need either 56, 64 or 72 stitches.

  6. I knitted my toe through size medium. And I think I am between a medium and a large. I have a size 9 to 9.5 narrow foot. How far up on the toes should the medium come? Could I just add to 68 stitches?

  7. Finally got my yarn today, so I got started. I really enjoy the motivation of the KAL. I live 60 miles from a yarn shop, know only one other knitter in town, so not much collaboration available. Your KAL has much to offer me: your expertise, questions/answers from others, motivation and sharing the fun. Thanks.

  8. They fit fine. I’ll keep going, but I bought a smaller needle for future socks with this great yarn.

  9. OK! I’m a little behind everyone but I finished Week 1. I LOVE the yarn and learning the Magic Loop was fabulous. THANK YOU for including the videos. I’m a bit nervous about following a chart for week 2 but challenges are good for your brain. Thank you again – your directions are wonderful.

  10. GUILTY! I didn’t make a swatch. After finishing the toe, I measured the gauge on the sole and it is 8 stitches to the inch, not 8.5. Is this critical? I’ll rip if I must.

  11. All of my sock patterns can me made out of two skeins of Cobasi. If you are new to some the techniques I would recommend sticking to no more than two at a time to give your brain a rest.

  12. HI again the yarn cobasi is what if bought too much of and I though if I have enough
    for your other sock patterns will it work. 7 was that pairs or 7 indiv. socks I know after I saw the
    pattern I think I would need to be very careful because like you said the rip stitch would
    not be popular. I bought most of the colors for this yarn Joan

  13. Welcome back! To answer your first question, I have seen on Ravelry a knitter who was knitting 7 socks at one time! Knitting more than one at a time is great to finish them up. The only down side is if you make a mistake then you have 2 or more socks to rip and repair. I am afraid you will have to clarify your second question as I am not sure which patterns you are referring to and how much yarn you have.

  14. Hi Michelle, I am back to knit socks again and loving the new toe to me. I love this yarn
    so I purchased a few 2 many skeins. My next idea is to put 3 pair on to a 40 in needle and
    get three sets of socks out of it or make 3 individuals sets on diferent needles. Would that be to hard??? after I saw
    the pattern now I am wondering if I would be making a mistake. I have 3 sets of
    socks started and only 7 more pairs to go. I have a question as I have done the other socks
    before can I do some of those patterns and have enough yarn to make the pairs?
    or would I have to shorten them up on the leg to make it. My knitting is to the gauge. So what do you think??
    the crazed sock knitter. lol

  15. This is the first time I’ve done a toe up sock. I had so much fun knitting the toes! The cast on is just amazing. I’m grateful for clever people that think through the tricky bits so I can just follow along after them. Thanks for the new experience.

  16. This is my first sock, and my first KAL. I’m so excited to be learning this! The seamless toe is going to be so comfortable, I can tell. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this KAL with such a fun pattern, not your run of the mill basic beginner sock that would look like just that. The video is a life-line! I had to do it about five different times but I got it! Thank you, thank you! Where do we post pics of our toes? 🙂

  17. Thanks so much for the toe up sock KAL w/Downton Abbey! I’m using magic loop 2 at a time and so far, it’s going very well. I look forward to the next set of instructions.

    BTW, thank you for your video instructions. I always find them very helpful when I need to figure out a stitch.

  18. Thanks for you help. I met with a friend and she helped me through it. I did have it correct for the first time…maybe not tight enough because this time around, I can see a little toe cup!! Yeah!
    This is my KAL and so far I’m loving it.

  19. I don’t see how it is being knit in the round though. On another website it states to cast on 1/2 of stitches for first sock, then all stitches for second sock, and then the other 1/2 stitches for first sock. Do I need to do this?

  20. The kfb does leave a tiny hole that is part of the design element. If you examine many store bought socks you will see that the increase and decrease lines often do this. Have no fear, you are on the right track. It is the tugging of the second stitch on the needle that will really tighten up the first one.

  21. The toe does look like flat knitting at the beginning. Eventually the tube will become more prominent – I promise! If you would like to see photos of fellow KALers toes, go to the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry. I will post my pictures with the next clue on Thursday.

  22. Further detective work on my part reveals that I must have cast on for magic loop incorrectly…will need to start over.

  23. I am just finished roll 8 and on each side there are holes. I pull my yarn very tight on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stitches. But the holes are still there. How do I fix them. I think they are on each increase roll. I am using 2 24″ circular needles. Thank you for your help. Karen

  24. I am working on the toe pattern…two at a time on magic loop. I am having a hard time visualizing how the toe comes together…it looks like I’m knitting a flat piece of work that is ribbed on one side and stockinette on the other side. It’s not forming a “tube.” Are we going to have to sew up the sides at some point in the future or am I doing something wrong?

  25. We would love to have you knit socks with us! Socks may be knit on double points, 2 circular needles of the same size or one long circular needle for the Magic Loop method. You will choose one of these options. I am a big fan of the Magic Loop. I recommend watching my video and practicing the technique on larger needles and yarn. Once you are proficient, the you can make the switch to smaller needles and fingering weight sock yarn. Please let me know if you have any questions.
    P.S. Per your request, I removed your last name from your post.

  26. Hi Judy,

    I’ve received my yarn and am ready to start. In the supplies it states for us to use “two circular” does that mean we get two circular needles the same size, or are we using just one circular needle and doing the “Magic Loop” method? I’m new to knitting and love your website and videos.

  27. So far so good! I’m going to be making the socks in 2 colours – teal for the toes (and possibly the heel) and navy for the rest – neat yarn 🙂

  28. You could easily go up to a size 1 needle and not have to use the super small sticks. This doesn’t mean you have to take out your hard work. Add the few extra plain rows in the larger size needles and then cruise on up the rest of the sock worry free. You will soon find out that socks can be quite adaptable. Keep up the good work!

  29. I have used the size zero for everything. I guess I got tighter when I went to make the toe. Should I go buy some size ones?

  30. I used size zero for the swatch as well. Will I need to add extra rows for each step as my row gauge must be too small?

  31. If your toe looks a little short to you then I would suggest you do knit a few extra rounds with no increases. What size needles did you use to get 8 stitches per inch?

  32. A kfb leaves a tiny hole which becomes a design element. Nothing to worry about but it can be minimized by giving a firm tug on the first and second stitch of each needle. I’m sure it is lovely!

  33. I am using size zero. Made a swatch and got 8 stitches per inch. On my second toe and my gauge is 9. I am a small was wondering if I should repeat row 16 a few times without the kfb? This is my first sock.

  34. Michelle, when I use Judy’s Magic Cast-on I end up with holes along the side of the toes and ususally on just one side. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help! 🙂

  35. practice practice practice. I watched the video about 5 times stopping and starting it until I got the hang of the cast on. Once you get the hang of it, it is eazy breezy

  36. YAY!! my yarn arrived yesterday. just got to wind it and I am off to the races. I am going to do two at a time also. As with my other art (polymer clay) I abhor making the same thing twice so two at a time takes care of the sock dilemma

  37. These are my first toe up socks. Can these be knit toe-up, two at a time, on one circular needle using the magic loop method? If so, I’m going to attempt it. All three will be firsts for me.

  38. Got my Kiwi colored yarn today and I started my sock. The toe is finished. I can hardly wait until next Thursday for part two!!! I’m enjoying it so far. Is it Thursday yet… Lol. :0)

  39. I’m so excited for this KAL. The Disappearing Act sock got me over my fear of socks. With this one I’m tackling Two at a Time Socks. Thank you for the great videos!

  40. This is so much fun. I’ve never done a mystery knit along before. I’ve always knitted my socks top down and was to intimidated to try a toe up , especially with Judy’s magic cast on. I am so glad your doing this. Can’t wait until next Thursday! Thanks Michelle

  41. Measure the circumference of your leg at the height where your sock will stop. This height is personal preference. My completed sock measures 7 1/2″ tall from the ankle. You may make yours taller or shorter if you choose. This pattern and yarn have a lot of stretch.

  42. how do I determine the circumference? Where do I measure? At the ankle or the calf or somewhere else?

  43. Rest assured that the most difficult part of toe up socks is the cast on. This must be why Judy’s magic cast on (JMCO) is my most viewed video. If you cast on with another method then you will have an open tube that needs to be grafted. JMCO avoids this which is why it is so magical. Do you have a shop or knitting group where you can get some hands on help? I wish I were sitting next to you to guide you through the steps. I recommend practicing with larger needles and yarn until you get the hang of the cast on and then go back to the small yarn and needles. Hang in there – you can do it!

  44. Gauge should always be worked with the needles used in the project and in the same manner (flat or circular) as the pattern will be knit. Many sock knitter cheat and just knit the toe and test their gauge on that swatch. They shall remain nameless:)

  45. I knit all of my socks using one long circular needle for the Magic Loop method. I find it less fiddly than dpns but this is personal preference. Consequently, all of my sock videos feature these needles. I also find the flexibility of circulars easier for the cast on. I would venture that there is a helpful video out there somewhere. I apologize that I don’t have one.

  46. thx…one more question on the listed gauge of 8.5 st/in – is this flat or in the round?

  47. For a first sock I would recommend one at a time. I know some knitters will disagree but I find it best to introduce only so many new techniques to a brain at a time. You could knit the toe of one sock and then on separate needles knit the toe of the second one and alternate between the two. Watch my Two at a Time videos and see if you agree.

  48. Would you recommend for a novice sock knitter to try Crimple using the two at a time method? Or should I just stick with one at a time? I would imagine that since my socks are both the same color, it might be easy to get them knitted tangled together. Although, since I’ve never knitted socks at all, I really don’t know.

    I love all your videos, Michelle! I’ve been knitting for years, but I have learned so much watching you! Thank you!

  49. I designed the sock using a solid yarn which provides excellent stitch definition. It will also work with variegated but the design may not appear as crisp.

  50. Hi Michelle! Happy New Year!! Just wondering if the design will show up in a variegated yarn…or if it is better suited to a solid/tonal yarn?

  51. The first 12 stitches are seated correctly on the needle. The last 12 stitches may twisted. If so, knitting them through the back loop corrects this. Check out my video to see how. This technique is also demonstrated in the Judy’s Magic Cast On video.

  52. The circumference refers to the measurement of the sock. The sock is meant to be a calf sock that sits below the the calf. Because every knitter like their sock at a different height, measure the circumference of your leg at the point where you like your socks to end. My finished sock was approx. 7 1/2″ above the ankle and stopped below the calf. The medium size is considered to be the “average” sock size and will fit many women.

  53. “Knit second 12 stitches through the back loop”

    I am not understanding what this means. Can you explain further?

  54. Michelle, when you say leg circumference, where are you measuring? Is it at the calf? Thanks!

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