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Old 12-06-2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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Sock Knitters - What is the best cast on for socks? I have not knit socks yet, but I've knit baby booties and I'm currently working on Christmas stockings.

The pattern does not specify a cast on to use, so for my first stocking I used the long tail cast on (I think I read somewhere that it is the most stretchy cast on). It looks okay, but a little sloppy, so I thought I'd try a different cast on for my next stocking.

I decided to use the cable cast on for my second stocking. It looks great (much neater) but it is a little stiff and doesn't stretch much. Also, it looks like the top pulls in slightly even though I went up on the needle size for the cast on (I used 10.5-needle for cast on and 8-needle for the stocking).

Since this is a Christmas stocking, I'm most concerned about how the cast on edge looks since it will be so visible. However, it still needs to be stretchy enough to be able to actually put something in the stocking!

I still have several more of these stockings to knit, so I would really appreciate your advice.

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Old 12-06-2007, 12:54 PM   #2
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I asked one of the owners of my LYS this same question not too long ago and she told me to use long tail. I need to learn long tail .
on the Monkeys I just finished, I used the backward loop cast on.
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Twisted german cast on!!!! It is a really wonderful stretchy cast on, sort of like the long tail cast on but stretchier.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:03 PM   #4
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I'd use a tubular cast on. This removes the visibility of the cast on edge by folding it. It's very stretchy. I think it pulls in a little, but it looks clean. This is my favorite edge ever. It is a little frustrating to get started and the first time I did it, I folded the knitting purl side out, but it looks so nice when you get it right that it's totally worth it. Marnie MacLean has instructions for the tubular cast on in the Lake Park Gloves pattern. Someone else might know a better place for instructions. I don't recall seeing a video for it here.

My other choice still involves a provisional cast on. Just do a provisional CO, knit the stocking, then pick up the CO stitches and knit upwards for the cuff.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:41 PM   #5
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I've always used long tail (for everything...I'm so ashamed). I'm interested to hear what others have to say. I think it also depends on whether you're doing toe up or cuff down. I think I saw something somewhere about a cuff down using a ribbing type cast on.
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I use a loose long tail cast-on. For a Christmas stocking I would use a tight long tail for a good edge.
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I'm prolly not going to be in the norm... and I've been told I'm doing it wrong by a local knitter... but it works for me and I use it basically on everything... The Knittg on Cast on ... I think it looks pretty and lays better...plus I don't have to CO over 2 needles like I do for long tail (I CO that way to tight)...
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I have always used the knitted cast on because it is the only one I learned, but it looks nice and is pretty stretchy I think.
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Originally Posted by alleusion View Post
I think it also depends on whether you're doing toe up or cuff down. I think I saw something somewhere about a cuff down using a ribbing type cast on.
I'm doing a cuff down stocking and the first 1-1/2 inches is in ribbing. Does that make a difference on the cast on?

Also, I forgot to mention that it is knit in the round on circular needles from the cast on until you get to the heel.

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Old 12-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #10
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I have this book called "Big Book of Knitting" that has a ton of different cast on methods. They suggest the Kitchener Rib cast on for ribbing. It looks a little complicated to me though.

Also, on KnitPicks, they have an explanation of a tubular cast on that is really good for a 1x1 ribbing. The link is here, and the explanation is at the bottom of the page.
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