How to Knit Star Toes for Socks

Learn how the formula for knitting star toes for any size socks using any yarn.

I have been a knitter for well over 20 years and a sock knitting addict for more than 10, but like many knitters before me, I was very much stuck in the rut of always knitting banded, paired-decrease toes on my socks. It is by far the most common type of toe shaping. And then I discovered the star toe.

Star toes on hand knit socks have a much more rounded, natural shape, and do not have to be joined with the Kitchener Stitch. Also, since the decreased stitches that shape the toe are distributed evenly around the sock so there is no obvious band on the sides of the toe. I personally think socks with star toes are more comfortable and have a sturdier toe.

To make a star toe, you will need to divide your toe sts evenly around 4 double pointed needles. For example if your sock is 64 sts around you would have 16 sts on each needle. To simplify things, we'll notate that as 64/16, or the total number of stitches/number of sts per needle.

And now the secret formula.

Start by finding your ratio of total number of stitches/number of sts per needle in the left column of the chart. Follow the directions then see what row of the chart to look at next.

Total Sts/
sts per needle
What to do Now go to
88/22 [K2tog, k9] 8 times.
Work 9 rnds with no decreases.
80/20
84/21 [K2tog, k19] 4 times.
Work 9 rnds with no decreases
80/20
80/20 [K2tog, k8] 8 times.
Work 8 rnds with no decreases.
72/18
76/19 [K2tog, k17] 4 times.
Work 8 rnds with no decreases
72/18
72/18 [K2tog, k7] 8 times.
Work 7 rnds with no decreases.
64/16
68/17 [K2tog, k15] 4 times.
Work 7 rnds with no decreases
64/16
64/16 [K2tog, k6] 8 times.
Work 6 rnds with no decreases.
56/14
60/15 [K2tog, k13] 4 times.
Work 6 rnds with no decreases
56/14
56/14 [K2tog, k5] 8 times.
Work 5 rnds with no decreases.
48/12
52/13 [K2tog, k11] 4 times.
Work 5 rnds with no decreases
48/12
48/12 [K2tog, k4] 8 times.
Work 4 rnds with no decreases.
40/10
44/11 [K2tog, k9] 4 times.
Work 4 rnds with no decreases
40/10
40/10 [K2tog, k3] 8 times.
Work 3 rnds with no decreases.
32/8
36/9 [K2tog, k7] 4 times.
Work 3 rnds with no decreases
32/8
32/8 [K2tog, k2] 8 times.
Work 2 rnds with no decreases.
[K2tog, k1] 8 times.
Work 1 rnd with no decreases.
[k2tog] 8 times.
Break the yarn and pull through the remaining 8 sts with a yarn needle.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you can substitute a different type of decrease, perhaps skpo, for every k2tog in the pattern. The shape of the toe will remain the same, but the star pattern becomes more noticeable.

Happy sock knitting!