Try a different toe increase.

If you like toe-up socks as much as I do, why not try a different type of toe increase? Most patterns have you start with Judy's magic cast on (or similar) and then increase by working Kfb ( knit into front and back) or M1 L/R make 1 left/right.

Now I don't know about you but I'm fairly confident that no one is going to be staring at my sock toes hard enough to be able to distinguish a make 1 left from a make 1 right. Life is far too short for that.

Instead, why not try a yo increase? On your increase round work a yo in place of the standard increase - usually 1 stitch in from each side of the toe. Then on the alternating plain rounds knit that yo through the back loop.

This gives a great unidirectional increase which is neat, tidy and doesn't involve trying to work out your make 1 left from your make 1 right.