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Old 05-18-2007, 12:14 AM   #1
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Too Tight Cast Off
I just finished my first toe-up sock, but after casting off at the cuff, I discovered that I did it too tight! I can't get the sock over my heel! Is there a trick to loosening the cast-off after the fact? (In searching the forum, I have discovered that the next time I should switch to a larger needle for my cast off, but I need advice for the first one.)

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Old 05-18-2007, 12:49 AM   #2
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You can just undo the BO row and redo it with a larger needle. Of course you've probably cut the yarn though....
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:02 AM   #3
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i always do a sewn bind off for toe up socks! its really simple, and it allows for stretch.
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:46 AM   #4
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Google 'stretchy castoffs' fof future socks. If you've cut the wool you could either undo a round to get extra wool, or use a felted or Russian join to add more. In future you will probably need not just any larger needle, but a much larger one. You could also use the EZ sewn castoff mentioned already (I use this sometimes although honestly I think it's a bit ugly - looks like a purl row) or a tubular castoff is great-looking on ribbing and stretchy.
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Old 05-18-2007, 07:30 AM   #5
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You can undo the BO row, but you'll probably have to undo at least a row below that so that you'll have enough to do a looser bind off.
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Thank you all for your advice. I KNEW I'd come to the right people for answers!

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