Sock Surgery 101: How To Fix Foot Length

This crumply, unblocked, unwoven mess is a design I'm working on.  When it's blocked and woven, it will be spectacular (especially the gussets!) but right now it's a hot mess.  I got carried away watching Netflix and working the foot at the same time and now the foot is about 2 inches too long, so today I'm going to show you how I fixed it.  

 This beautiful green yarn with rainbow donegal flecks is by Colourful Creativity.  It's called 'Spring Fling' and it's so new it hasn't been released yet!

This beautiful green yarn with rainbow donegal flecks is by Colourful Creativity.  It's called 'Spring Fling' and it's so new it hasn't been released yet!

This sock was worked toe up, but that's ok, because a toe is a toe and they look the same whether they're worked toe up or cuff down.  The first thing I did was insert a lifeline where I wanted to restart the toe.  I used sock yarn in a contrasting colour and a darning needle to weave the lifeline through each stitch.

 The blue yarn is my lifeline. 

The blue yarn is my lifeline. 

Next, I took a deep breath (or 5) and a sip of wine (or 3) and then I cut the foot below the lifeline.  

 cutting one's knitting is always an anxious moment...

cutting one's knitting is always an anxious moment...

Then I breathed deeply, reassured myself that it would be ok and proceeded to pick out all the little bits of yarn that were left from the cutting.   Then I put the stitches back on the needles. 

 It looks like nothing happened! 

It looks like nothing happened! 

I reverse engineered my toe to work it from the cuff down instead of the toe up (which was how I had written it) and pretty soon I had a complete sock with correct foot length...

 Ta Da....

Ta Da....

It still needs to be blocked and have the ends woven in, but it looks much better than it did with a super long foot.  Look at those gussets!  I love them - they are pretty much the entire point of this sock design.  

This surgery would have worked for lengthening the foot too.  Or replacing a worn out toe.  Or changing the type of toe construction.  Or deciding to do the toe in a contrasting colour.  There are lots of circumstances that might see you having to surgically remove a toe on a sock and I hope this helps you get through it!  

Happy Knitting!