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Old 03-20-2006, 07:22 PM   #1
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needed: stretchy cast on technique for top down sock
I'm making my first pair of socks from Silver's tutorial, and they are going great! I use a two-strand cast on for everything, but my cast on for these socks could be a little stretchier.
I recall seeing recommendations for sock cast ons on sites in the past, but never made note of them since I didn't think I'd need them (silly me!). What type of cast ons do you experienced sock-knitters use?
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Old 03-20-2006, 07:34 PM   #2
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I normally use the long tail cast on & cast on loosely. I am about to make a pair of socks now that instruct the cast on to be done over 2 needles so that it will be loose; you can read instructions for this method here. I think this is a good idea...or, just increase the needle size for your cast on & then after your cast on you can change back to the needle size that is required for the sock. Most importantly...have fun
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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I used that 2 needle cast on, with size #2 needles. I thought it would help me because I cast on and knit tightly. Its inconsistent looking. On the second sock, I just cast on the one needle, not too loose but not too tight. That edge looks much better.

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Old 03-21-2006, 08:38 AM   #4
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I used that 2 needle cast on, with size #2 needles. I thought it would help me because I cast on and knit tightly. Its inconsistent looking. On the second sock, I just cast on the one needle, not too loose but not too tight. That edge looks much better.

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Old 03-21-2006, 05:24 PM   #5
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Unless the pattern tells me to do otherwise, I use long-tail cast on. For socks I will use a needle one size larger, and then knit the stitches on to my "proper" dpns, to divide them up before joining the circle.
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Thanks for the ideas, folks! I'm sure they'll help!
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supposedly the german twisted cast on is very stretchy. I haven't tried it yet, but if you do, let us know the results.

http://knitting.about.com/library/bltgcaston.htm

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Old 03-23-2006, 01:51 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'll let you know about the German method!
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:24 PM   #9
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My latest favorite cast-on for top-down socks is the tubular cast-on. It looks fabulous and is exactly the right amount of stretchiness. It's a teeny bit fussy at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy. Here are a couple of links to teach you how:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html.

http://yscmama.typepad.com/little_pu...r_cast_on.html

Or google "tubular cast-on".

Some tips I found somewhere that help a lot:

* use 3 sizes larger needles for provisional caston and first rows then start the K1 P1 pickup row with correct size needles

* you CAN do it in the round, you just need to K1 the pick up the first stitch as a purl from INSIDE the tube
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Wow, this is worth trying, too! I'm definitely going to need more sock yarn to try all these out!
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