Part 3 – Cast-On Techniques for socks

Socks are one of my favourite projects to knit.

  • They are small and portable.
  • They fit into a small bag.
  • When you’ve made many, you no longer need to refer to a pattern.
  • You can knit them in so many different ways.
  • You can use a variety of weights of yarn.
  • They can be made up of scrap yarns and look FABULOUS.
  • You can never have too many socks.
  • There is nothing like wearing hand knit socks, commercially made socks just do not measure up.
Sock Love

In Part 3 on my series of posts on Cast-ons, I want to share with you some of my favourite sock cast-ons. Socks require lots of stretch, nothing worse than having the cuff of your sock digging into your calf, especially, if like me, you suffer from swollen legs.

Top Down Cast-on – Longtail Cast On – revisited

I’m going to revisit the long tail Cast-on as detailed in Part One. This time I will show how I ensure a very stretchy cast on by increasing the space between each stitch as I add it.

Elastic Long Tail

Toe Up Cast-on – The Figure 8 Cast-On

This is a popular toe up cast-on. It’s easy to learn and fast to work. the cast-on plus knitting around on the cast-on completes the cast-on.

Figure 8 cast on

Toe Up Cast-on – Judy’s Magic Cast-On

My favourite toe up cast-on. It does take a little practice to master, but well worth the effort. It gives a seamless cast on for items knit in the round with an enclosed end. You do need to be able to “read” the direction of your stitches. Like the figure 8 cast-on the cast-on plus knitting around on the cast-on completes the cast-on.

Judy’s Magic cast on

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