Howdy fellas. What cast on do you use for your socks? I've always used long tail but I'm sure there's a better way to do it. Any suggestions?
I use the long tail cast on over two needles.
For toe-up socks, nothing beats Judy's Magic Cast On. I also like doing two at a time on magic loop. It saves me from the let down of finishing the first sock and starting all over again to complete the pair.
I also like Judy's magic cast on. I really dislike provisional cast on with sock yarn.
For top down socks a friend of mine uses the Estonian lace cast on. My long tail cast ons are always too tight so for a run-of-the-mill cast on I use the knit cast on, with the twist.
Old Norwegian for my top down 2 @ a time socks. It's just a long tail with an extra step that gives a bit more yarn to the edge to add a little more stretch.
German twisted cast on. Although It sounds like Quinton's Old Norwegian.
It is. I've seen it called that as well in some publications. One of those regional things.
Judy's magic is great for toe-ups. A circular needle makes it non-fiddly but it can be done on DPNs too, if you don't rush things. :)
For top-downs, I use long-tail. It always seems to give just the right tension and it looks fine; maybe there are better ones but for me, `if it ain't broke, don't fix it` is the operating principle. :)
I always use the long tail cast on. You can make it stretchy or very tight.
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I mainly use Old Norwegian/German, casting on over 2 needles to help give it a bit of extra ease. That's because I normally cast on 8 to 12 stitches Less than I need for the leg/foot when doing ribbing, adding in the stitches right before I finish the ribbed section.
I've also used crochet cast on over 2 needles, sometimes adding an extra chain regularly to simulate the Jeny's Amazing stretchy bind off that's used to toe up.
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