Tabi socks, also known as split-toe socks or Japanese toe socks, have a separate space for the big toe. This division allows you to wear the socks with thong-style sandals such as flip-flops.
This style of socks has been worn in Japan since the sixteenth century. They were developed to wear with sandals & wooden clogs called geta. There is a special place for your big toe. Lots of people wear Tabi socks~ People who practice Japanese martial arts like Aikido and Karate wear Tabi socks and so do Taiko drummers, Suzuki actors and traditional Japanese folk dancers.
According to Shiatsu theory, wearing Tabi socks benefits the back, the spine, and the digestion due to the acupuncture meridians located between the toes. Whether all that is true or not, I love these socks because I love to wear flip flops - even when the weather turns a bit cooler. And they are fantastic for going through security at the airport - no more messing with shoes! Just slip your flip flops off and you still have socks on so you don't have to actually touch that gross floor. :-)
These socks are worked from the top down, have an after-thought heel, and since they have a defined 'big toe', you will have a left and right foot sock. The body of the sock is made with the extended single crochet stitch; foundation double and single crochet, front- and back-post double crochet stitches as well as basic chains, slip stitches and single crochet are used.
Working in esc: 8 rows & 10.5 stitches = 5 cms/2 inches
Crocheting is my crafty passion - passed on to me by my grandmother. :-)
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