STEP 6: Toes
If you are already familiar with how to do toe increases when knitting socks from the toe up, here is the basic instruction for this pattern:
If you have never knit toe increases on socks being worked from the toe up, here is a more detailed breakdown:
Repeat for Needle 2.
Round 2: Knit all for the entire round. (Don’t forget to change working yarn as you move between socks.) Remember, knitting an entire round means knitting around both needles: knitting the first half of Sock 1, the first half of Sock 2, turning the work, knitting the second half of Sock 2 and then the second half of Sock 1.
See the bar between the 2nd and 3rd stitches (photo below)?
You need to mount it on your left needle, with the tip of the needle entering the loop from the front and coming out the back.
I find this easiest if I use my right needle to help me, like this:
When you've picked up the bar properly, it will look like this:
Knit the bar through the back loop:
Knit the bar through the front loop.
It can be a little tricky to insert the needle for this knit stitch. It helps me to insert the right needle as if to purl, first, and to tease the picked-up bar out away from the needle a bit... then hold the stitch out while I move the right needle to insert it for the knit. (Sorry I didn't take a picture of this.)
...and adjust the needles for knitting the next half of the round.
Repeat these two rounds until the total number of stitches for each sock equals your Primary Stitch Count. Half are on each needle. (So if your primary stitch count is 64, then 32 stitches will be on Needle 1 and 32 on Needle 2 for each sock.)
Cut the reinforcing thread once you reach your primary stitch count.
Now is a good time to snug up the loose cast-on edge at the tail, if you haven't already.
Now is also a good time to tuck in that pesky tail!