Beautifully constructed and brilliantly adaptable, these Toe-Up Socks are a revival of the original pair, which was first released in More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, by Purl Soho co-owner Joelle Hoverson. Now sadly out of print, that classic book is full of little gems, like these socks, that we’re hoping to save from the sands of time!

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These socks are a quintessential toe-up construction. You cast on and increase at the toe, then, in order, you work the foot; increase for the gusset; turn the heel; create the heel flap with nice cushion-y slip stitches; and the homestretch… work the leg to the top edge.

Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho

The pattern includes instructions for working your socks in a simple 2×2 rib, or in delicate corkscrew columns of twisted rib. The twisted rib involves an easy right twist, which you can pick up in no time with our new video tutorial.

Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho

We knit up this version of our Toe-Up Socks in Posy, our hand-dyed superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon blend. Equal parts soft and lovely, durable and practical, Posy comes in a gorgeous range of colors, and you’ll need one or two skeins for a pair… but don’t be surprised if you end up making a whole rainbow of socks!

Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho founder and co-owner, Joelle Hoverson.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoToeUpSocks, and #PurlSohoPosy. We can’t wait to see what you make!


Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho
  • 2 (3, 3, 4) skeins of Purl Soho’s Posy, 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, and 10% nylon. Each skein is approximately 159 yards/ 50 grams. (NOTE: We no longer offer Posy, but choose from one of our other fingering weight yarns.)
    • For 2×2 Rib version: Approximately 295 (355, 400, 490) yards required. We used the color Mourning Dove.
    • For Twisted Rib version: Approximately 305 (365, 410, 500) yards required. We used the color Heirloom White.
  • A set of US 1 (2.5 mm) double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • A Toe-Up Socks Pattern NOTE: The only substantive differences between this pattern and the one in More Last Minute Knitted Gifts are the yarn (but not the gauge) and the addition of a smaller size for the 2×2 Rib version and a larger size for the Twisted Rib version.


34 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Adult 7 (8, 9, 10)

Foot Circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10) inches. NOTE: Choose a size that is approximately 1–2 inches smaller than the circumference of the wearer’s foot.

Foot Length: Adjustable


Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho

The Toe-Up Socks Pattern is available for purchase as a PDF download only.

Toe-Up Socks | Purl Soho