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KatieKnits99
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  06:23:18 AM  Show Profile Send KatieKnits99 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there,
I'm wondering if any of you know the best cast on method for socks. I do either and k2p2 or k4p2 ribbing from the top down. I only know how to do the "knit on" method, but do have Vogue Knitting that shows a lot of cast on techniques.

Thanks for your help!

KatieKnits99
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mokey
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  06:52:44 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use the knitted cast on but my favourite for socks is the cable cat on. It creates a lovely edge and is firm with just enough give. It is the same as knitted cast on but instead of knitting into the stitch you knit in the space between the existing stitch.

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kaidyd
Chatty Knitter

USA
196 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2006 :  07:19:29 AM  Show Profile Send kaidyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would second the cable cast on for top down socks. The edge is decorative yet remains stretchy.

Kaidy
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LilyBeth
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  07:21:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit LilyBeth's Homepage Send LilyBeth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love, love, love the tubular cast-on. Takes a little more time than other methods, but the finished product is well worth it. It really only works for k1p1 ribbing, because that's what it flows into, so if you prefer another ribbing you might not like it.

Knitty has an article with very clear instructions if you're not familiar with this technique:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html
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Trout Lily
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  08:08:56 AM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could try the twisted German cast on.

THese are the photos that used to load on the About.com site for the German cast on. The text is still there.

http://community.webshots.com/album/45031944ivzfxu

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

It is also called the Old Norwegian cast on. Video here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/

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AuntyNin
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USA
772 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2006 :  08:10:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite for socks is the backward loop cast-on; it's unobtrusive, stretchy, and easy.

Try lots of different ones, and go with the one that works best for YOU.

AuntyNin

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kadiddly
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  10:45:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another vote for Twisted German for a cuff down cast on. It's very stretchy, and kind of fun to do, I think.

I love figure 8 for toe-up, but a lot of people have problems with it and prefer provisional or Turkish cast ons for that.

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achrisvet
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  10:59:33 AM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the Twisted German also. But I saw Lily Chin on Knitty Gritty and she was talking about using the knitted on cast on for ribbing (she wasn't talking specifically about socks). What she does is, for example, if the ribbing will be k2p2, she knits on 2 and them purls on 2, etc. I haven't tried this yet, but I will.

Anita
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KatieKnits99
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  6:32:52 PM  Show Profile Send KatieKnits99 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am printing out all these new ways to begin a sock. Can't wait to get started on my next one!


KatieKnits99
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nanetteb
Chatty Knitter

220 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2006 :  12:22:57 AM  Show Profile Send nanetteb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One of the things I like about the cable cast on is that it looks just as nice from either side. So if you ever make socks where you plan to turn down the cuff, the cable cast on would be a bonus.


Nanette
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of troy
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  06:42:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit of troy's Homepage Send of troy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
THE BEST CAST ON IS:

(the above line was intentionally left blank!)

there is no best[/best] or [b]perfect cast on (or style of knitting, or needle or way to knit socks, or....)

there is only the way that works best for you!

I like a tubular cast on (but i don't use it exclusively) for top down.

i have also used:
2 color cast on
Norwegian, (aka Old German, twisted german, etc)
Channel Island cast on (aka Gurnsey cast on)

and i have use lace edging, and other methods.

for toe up, simple, figure 8 and others.

I can tell you that i think the tubular is best for me.. i am heavy, but have shapely legs.. my calf muscle is large. i need a stretchy cast on.

I know 3 ways to do a tubular cast on.

you can learn all three, (3 needle, provisional or italian) or learn one. you can be dissatisfied with that cast on and use a different one.

the only way to know which cast on is best for you is to learn a bunch. (i don't know every cast on, but i do know 30 +)you don't have to learn every cast on, or even 30 but try learning a few.

(PS the tubular cast on is virtually invisible.. you can't see where it starts. (for toe up sock you can use a kitchener'd or grafted cast off to get the same effect) so it too is good for cuffs that might be turned)

I've started a blog...
http://golden-apples.blogspot.com/

but you can still just see my photo albums of mostly knitting. http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v299/oftroy/
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bogiebogie
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  07:54:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit bogiebogie's Homepage Send bogiebogie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's another vote for a tubular cast on. I use it for top down socks regardless of the rib pattern--1x1, 2x2, 3x1, etc.. Here are some instructions for a tubular cast on for a baby hat--to modify it for socks, begin with 1/2 the number of stitches you need for your sock, plus 1. So if your sock will be 72sts around, start with a cast on of 37 sts.
http://knitflix.blogspot.com/2006/09/pattern-newborn-cap.html

--JK
http://knitflix.blogspot.com
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Stacey14
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Posted - 10/24/2006 :  05:27:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stacey14's Homepage Send Stacey14 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the German Twisted also. I've tried Tubular, but it ended up being too tight.

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socks4all
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Posted - 10/25/2006 :  04:30:43 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cable cast on for cuff down and Turkish for toe up.
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wildhorsefarmer
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1022 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2006 :  04:02:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit wildhorsefarmer's Homepage Send wildhorsefarmer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Am I in the minority here,or do I have under developed legs? For me the regular old long tail cast-on is plenty stretchy.
Lisa

New sock design in fingering or sport...
Stillwater Socks
http://www.wildhorsefarmdesigns.com
Knitting photos-http://www.picturetrail.com/wildhorsefarmer


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metromaples
Seriously Hooked

USA
878 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2006 :  09:27:53 AM  Show Profile Send metromaples a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another long tail cast-er on-er. When I do top down socks.

-- Jeri
http://soapquiltknit.blogspot.com/
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