When I was starting my first pair of Ravenclaw socks
I mentioned that I would talk later about my favorite toe construction, which is a little odd. It isn't completely novel, but I don't know anyone else who uses this method.
First I start off with a crocheted chain of slightly more than the number of knit stitches for the foot circumference. Picking up the stitches from this chain is exactly the same as for a normal crocheted provisional cast-on, only with twice as many stitches. From there I knit a toe, exactly the same as a regular wedge toe that you would do cuff down, complete with kitchener.
Once you have the finished toe, you undo the provisional cast-on and pick up the stitches, again like a regular crocheted provisional cast-on.
I like this toe because I really like the look of the wedge toe, but prefer knitting toe-up. Part of the reason I have never heard of anyone else doing this may be because so many seem to consider both kitchenering and the crocheted provisional cast-on to be fiddly.
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