Howdy fellas. What cast on do you use for your socks? I've always used
long tail but I'm sure there's a better way to do it. Any suggestions?
I mainly use Old Norwegian/German, casting on over 2 needles to help give
it a bit of extra ease. That's because I normally cast on 8 to 12 stitches
Less than I need for the leg/foot when doing ribbing, adding in the stitches
right before I finish the ribbed section.
I've also used crochet cast on over 2 needles, sometimes adding an extra
chain regularly to simulate the Jeny's Amazing stretchy bind off that's used
to toe up.
I always use the long tail cast on. You can make it stretchy or very
Judy's magic is great for toe-ups. A circular needle makes it non-fiddly
but it can be done on DPNs too, if you don't rush things. :)
For top-downs, I use long-tail. It always seems to give just the right
tension and it looks fine; maybe there are better ones but for me, `if it
ain't broke, don't fix it` is the operating principle. :)
German twisted cast on. Although It sounds like Quinton's Old
It is. I've seen it called that as well in some publications. One of those
Old Norwegian for my top down 2 @ a time socks. It's just a long tail with
an extra step that gives a bit more yarn to the edge to add a little more
For top down socks a friend of mine uses the Estonian lace cast on. My
long tail cast ons are always too tight so for a run-of-the-mill cast on I
use the knit cast on, with the twist.
For toe-up socks, nothing beats Judy's Magic Cast On. I also like doing
two at a time on magic loop. It saves me from the let down of finishing the
first sock and starting all over again to complete the pair.
I also like Judy's magic cast on. I really dislike provisional cast on
with sock yarn.
I use the long tail cast on over two needles.
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