Judy's Magic Cast On

Buck Strong's picture

I just discovered this cast on the a few days ago. It's used for toe up socks. As I am not a sock knitter (yet) it's totally new to me. It looks like a great provisional cast on. Has anyone used it for anything other than socks?


I use a tubular cast-on, done

I use a tubular cast-on, done in a different way on straight needles, for top-down and bottom up sweaters, sleeves, mittens (both cuff-up and finger-down), socks (both cuff-down and toe-up) and hats (crown-down). For k1 p1 ribbed cuffs I do at least 2 rounds (4 rows) before starting k1 p1 ribbing. I use it for just about everything. I use straight needles because I only own one circular needle and tons of hand-me-down straight needles.

brucedow's picture

Just curious - am looking

Just curious - am looking into this cast on...

When you are using it as an edge for lace or a flat piece - do you do the cast on, the first row of knit and then knit into the front and purl into the back stitches, so the mini-fold (for back of a better term) is only on the cast on rows?

... does this make sense to anyone?

I love the idea of the texture it would leave... as an edge.

Buck Strong's picture

I haven't used it yet. I

I haven't used it yet. I want to knit my Leaf and Acorn stole again and I want to try this cast on so I don't have to do any grafting.

vsidart's picture

It works great for starting

It works great for starting lace projects- it's all I use any more!
(note: I really think the original Knitty directions are better than Kat Bordhi's.... she changes it slightly, and I don't think it works quite as well.)

Buck Strong's picture

Thanks Eric!

Thanks Eric!

MMario's picture

Ditto on what Eric said.

Ditto on what Eric said.

Buck Strong's picture

I'd like to use it for a

I'd like to use it for a regular provisional cast on for a lace project. It seems like it should work. What I like about it is that your not short a stitch and you don't have to go back and pick up stitches out of the scrap yarn.

bobinthebul's picture

I used it to start a condom

I used it to start a condom cozy. :)

knitsandbakes's picture

I've also used it for

I've also used it for starting a top-down hat and for circular blankets knit from the center out. It's great for socks when I'm doing a short row toe. I cast on the total number of stitches on each needle, start the short rows on one needle and when I'm done no need to undo a cast-on the stitches are right there on the other needle.

There's a video on Youtube where Judy's Magic Cast On is used to do a tubular cast on for 1x1 rib which I'll be trying on a project in the near future. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITM9Zodn-Uk .