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