TheDudeWhoKnit’s Boomerang Toe

To create this type of short row toe, I borrowed from the Boomerange heel (aka Bumerangferse in German where it is more commonly seen). It is meant to be used in place of a standard short row toe without altering the rest of a sock pattern. It eliminates the need to double wrap any of the stitches used in short row toes. It results in a more subtle looking short row toe. In the directions below, I use the Right Side Wraps and Wrong Side Wraps I mentioned in my post My Take on Short Rows. You could just as easily replace these wraps with a standard wrap and turn, however.

Casting On and Setup:

Using a provisional cast on (I generally use a crochet chain cast on, but you could you can use any provisional cast on you’re comfortable) cast on half the total number of stitches for the circumference of your sock. Purl across the first row of loops in your provisional cast on to anchor everything together.

 Short Row In:

Step 1: On your first right side row, knit until you have only two stitches left on your left needle. Make a Right Side Wrap in to the second stitch from the edge. Turn work.

Step 2: Purl until there are only two stitches left in the row. Make a Wrong Side Wrap on the second stitch from the edge. Turn work.

Step 3: Knit across, make a Right Side Shadow Wrap on the last normal stitch before the stitch you wrapped in the previous row.

Step 4: Purl up to the stitch before the increase you made in the previous row. Make a Wrong Side Wrap. Turn.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you’ve made shadow wraps on about 50% of the stitches (25% on each side of the toe). Your last wrap will be a Wrong Side Shadow Wrap.

 Middle Band:

Step 1: Knit across. When you come across the Right Side Wraps, pick them all up in one row. When you get to the edge of the work, you will have the stitch you didn’t wrap in the firs row. Make a Right Side Shadow Wrap on this stitch and turn work.

Step 2: Purl across. When you come to the Wrong Side Wraps, pick them all up in one row. Wrap the edge stitch and turn work

 Short Row Out:

Step One: Knit across the right side row until you come across the stitch that is in the same vertical column of stitches as the last Right Side Shadow Wrap you made (the last wrap should be two rows down). Make a Right Side Shadow Wrap on this stitch and turn work.

Step Two: Purl across the wrong side row until you come across the stitch that is in the same vertical column of stitches as the last wrong side wrap you made. Make a Wrong Side Shadow Wrap in this stitch. Turn Work.

Step Three: Knit across the right side row. When you come to the Right Side Shadow Wrap you made in the last row, pick it up and then make a Right Side Shadow Wrap on the next stitch on the left needle. Turn work.

Step Four: Purl across wrong side row. When you come to the Wrong Side Shadow Wrap you made in the last row, pick it up (p2tog tbl) and then make a Wrong Side Shadow Wrap the next stitch on the left needle. Turn Work.

Repeat Steps Three and Four until you pick up the last Right Side Wrap (the one on the edge of the work).  You will still have to Wrong Side Wraps on the right edge of your work.

Joining in the Round:

At this point, un-do your provisional cast on and slip all of the stitches onto a set of circular needles or DPNs. Knit one row in the round. When you come to the Wrong Side Wraps at the end of the round, pick them up the same way you would k2tog. You will need to pick up an extra stitch or make one stitch at some inconspicuous point on the bottom half of the sock to make an even stitch count the same way you do for any other short row toe. After this round is knit, you can continue to knit your sock in a normal fashion.

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