I need to start a new project.  And for some reason I’ve decided to knit a pair of socks.  I’m not sure why, because I’m not really a sock knitter (or much of a woolly sock wearer), but it seems to be the project that’s calling me at the moment.

I’ve chosen my yarn (a skein of my own hand-dyed high twist merino) and I’ve chosen a pattern October socks by Birgitte Zuener).  All set to go.

This is where I’m stuck:  I don’t know any nice stretchy cast-ons for cuff-down socks.  My kinaesthetic intelligence is remarkably abysmal, and I’m seemingly unable to learn how to do a basic long-tail cast on.  Someone tried to teach me again yesterday, but I just sat there shaking my head, realising that I’d never grasp it.  I then spent the afternoon with a sad face, wondering what on earth I was going to do.  Really, I’m hopeless!  Goodness only knows how I learnt to knit in the first place.

So, dear knitters, please tell me your favourite stretchy cast-on – but it needs to be simple.  I need all the help I can get.


6 thoughts on “stuck

  1. I made a video to demonstrate my favourite cast on I. This is something I did for the second knitting and crochet blog week. The plan was to add lots more cast ons and I will as soon as I can find the time.

    If interested, there’s a “cast on” tab just beneath my blog header where you’ll find my magic cast on. Have fun with it.


  2. I would always recommend the Twisted German cast on, but since long tail eludes you, perhaps not the best. What is your regular cast on? You could just do your regular cast on but around 2 needles instead of 1 to make it looser. And the benefit of top down means you can knit a bit of ribbing and then try it on over your leg to see if it’s too tight.


  3. I have just completed my first pair of socks and have started a second pair.

    To cast on I used my usual thumb method, then the pattern called for 4cms of rib (k1, p1) and it worked on first socks and have done same method on second pair.

    I found the socks fitted better than commercially purchased ones, probably because I’m a tad bigger than an English 7 so socks sold for 4-7 become too small but the next size up is way too big.


  4. That yarn looks yummy. I do my socks toe up so don’t normally have much call for a stretchy cast on, have made use of this one in the past though…


  5. hum, i know this is late but…i usually go up one needle size for the cast on only and then most recently i’ve been using the knitted cast on. simply make a slip knot, then knit into that stitch and pull it up on your needle, and voila, you now have 2 stitches. keep knitting into the previous stitch until you have what you need. this is indeed a stretchy cast on.


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