MERRY CHRISTMAS! Best wishes for the most wonderful time of the year.
I found a neat way to knit the toes without holes and bunny ears. I learned to knit on a sock machine from YouTube videos and the demo shows that after the short rows for the toes are completed, the back needles are pushed down and one more row is cranked for good measure. This extra row will make a hump, add side bulk and hence bunny ears. I knew that isn’t necessary but the last row closes the short row wraps to eliminate the side holes. To avoid this problem, some folks sew the first few stitches together and my solution thus far is to crank 1/2 row to close the wrap and settle with 1/2 the bulk. But I found a better way.
Most of us make the toes exactly the same as the heel. But you don’t have to. Holes at the side heels should be avoided and there are many ways to do that including pushing two needles down at the beginning of the heel or hitching a loop to the last stitch at the end of the heel. But do you really need to do that for the toes? Not really.
Before the tutorial, I would like to thank the Sockophone player’s blog about teepees and hills. I used to do the Kitchener stitch to graft the toes but this is WAY better.
Toes on the CSM
At the beginning of the toes where the yarn carrier is at the back with 1/2 the needles raised, commence the toes by pushing only 1 needle down at the right and crank to the left. Do the same the other side and repeat. Do short rows for the toes and finish the toes with the yarn carrier in the front. Follow the images below. BTW, these images were taken by a Tamron 60mm f/2. It’s a great portrait lens as well as a fantastic macro lens. When taking macro shots, I set the focus to manual and move ever slightly to get a sharp image.