Cast-on for socks et al.

Jerry Moore's picture

There was an entry somewhere here on MenWho about 2Socks/2Circs using Antje Gillingham's method. Can anybody tell me how to re-find that entry? I've lost it and can't get back to it. (Maybe the author blocked me.) I'm exploring 2S/2C and I'd like to hear some sock-makin' chatter.

I also found another 2S/2C method. It's by Sheron Goldin at . The MWK author who used Gilliingham's method may have mentioned Goldion's method.

Her description is wordy along the lines of . . . Yea verily In the beginning, God created sheep, then man to shear the sheep . . . then trees for needles . . . and so forth. But it's full of good process pics. (I'm editing it -- w/o permisdsion -- down to do dis/do dat, but with flare.) Can anybody comment on the differences, if any, between Goldin's and Gillingham's 2S/2C methods?

Related topic: stretchy cast-ons. While looking through descriptions of Twisted German Cast-on for a write-up I could decipher, I came across a video for stretchy cast on using a knitting needle and a crochet needle -- pardon, crochet hook. It's simple and looks extremely stretchy, but on the lacey side maybe?. Has anybody used it? Is it too beneath the dignity of a knitter to pick up a crochet hook yada yada? Is it too frilly for Bear Clogs (if so, then . . . what? Cast on in black?) Looks great to me. If you want to see a good demo of this knitneedle/crotchhook CO method, it's at:

BTW, one of the Twisted German CO videos on uTube clarified that method for me. It's kinda slick!

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Each cast on is different and has a different purpose. From the Cuff down, I use a very nice longtail cast on that is loose for socks with a 6 inch tail, but I take into consideration that the cast on kinds of sets the mood for the rest of the garment. Other cast ons are more tight.

jessemkahn's picture

as a newer knitter, i'm not

as a newer knitter, i'm not entirely sure how and why one would choose different cast-on methods, but i do know that i really, really like judy becker's magic cast on. i don't like the look OR feel of most cast-on methods at the toe, specifically because they often feel so weird on the foot, so i'd recommend this as an option:

Jerry Moore's picture

Becker's magic CO certainly

Becker's magic CO certainly works for toe-upping. My choice for toe-up socks, however, is the so-called invisible CO followed by short-rowing a toe pouch, and finally rejoining . . ..

CO-ing choices can be about looks -- little, big, pattern, lacey, bulky, or looseness -- or not, in pattern (rib) or not.

I keep wondering about a no-cast-on -- somehow getting loops on needles and knitting away. Eventually run thread through the orig loops and let them disappear.

New York Built's picture

In so many words, Jerry, the

In so many words, Jerry, the provisional cast-on with two yarns, is what you just described. Once learned, you can cast on hundreds of stitches in a few minutes, and get knitting...and your first row is done!

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New York Built's picture

Twisted German...oh, you're

Twisted German...oh, you're making my toes curl....

Jerry Moore's picture

Don'tcha love it when random

Don'tcha love it when random stimulation shows up?

BuduR's picture

That Twisted German CO does

That Twisted German CO does look pretty slick. I'll have to give that a go the next time I make socks. Thanks for the share.
As for a comparison of the two methods, I have only done the 2S/2C method. maybe the next time I make a pair of socks I'll try out this other. I like the method in 2S/2C But I think that at the moment I am really just held back from trying new methods because I got rid of most of my knitting books in the move, but 2S/2C I kept.
The only thing I don't like is this knot at the beginning, it's too noticeable to me. and I always end up with a strange whole right at the beginning. I'm not sure why, no matter what I do it's there.

MWK's Token Estrogen-American

Jerry Moore's picture

We gotta get to the bottom

We gotta get to the bottom of this -- this Void of Genesis ("Strange whole [sic] at the beginning.") It just won't do to have our T.E.A. running around with knot and hole.

Seriously, T, have you explorgoogled the jogless stripe and/or circular knitting's jogless joining "literature"? I seem to recall reading about a way to make this go away. (I must admit that there's a clear and present chance that I don't know what you're talking about.)