Socks and an auxilliary thread!

I've finished the 1940s vest (I don't like it), and I've finished my mohair and silk circular scarf (I love it) and now I'm taking on my biggest challenge to date: socks.

The pattern looks v. complicated and starts off by suggesting casting on in a way that I just don't understand. Here it is verbatim:

"For the K1, P1 welt, it is better to case on with an auxilliary thread since these edges are particularly stretchy. In this case cast on half the required number of sts with a contrasting thread, then cont with the original yarn. Remove the contrasting thread at the end."

For welt I assume rib. But what does it mean about casting on with a second thread? Why would I do that? Why would I remove the contrast thread at the end? How would I do it anyway?? I just don't get it.

If I want a stretchy cast on for the rib then wouldn't the long-tail version work, or simply cast on over two pins??

Help me guys... I can't even start on this pattern let alone get through it!


grandcarriage's picture

I'm looking at that shirt in your picture and thinking that you're at a dance competition....just wondering...

HuskerChub's picture

I thought I know most all of the cast ons but this is confusing me. I thought that they were suggesting a temp cast on but you would use the full number of sts for that so that's not it. If it was a temp cast on and you cast on the full # of stitches you would knit 1" or so, fold it over and then knit one stitch from the cast on together with one stitch from the needles (like a 3 needle bind off) to create a cuff...maybe someone else will figure it out.

However, let me suggest this for a stretcher than usual long tail method. If you c/o over 2 needles (pins) you just get a sloppy too loose cast on that looks horrid, because the stitches are waaaaay too big, not move give! NEVER do that (shutters).

Let me try and explain a cast on that is very stretch and simple. You will need 2 needles, one the size that you are going to knit with and one 2-4 sizes smaller e.g. knitting with US 2's get an extra US 0 or 00. Hold them together with the smaller needle on the bottom. Cast on using the long tail method BUT when you release the loop from your thumb, catch that loop on the smaller needle before snugging it up, continue doing this loop catching for the required number of cast on sts. When you have them all cast on, pull out the smaller needle and continue on knitting. What you have accomplished is adding an additional small length of yarn BETWEEN the stitches (the loop formed on the smaller needle), which is what gives more stretch. If you use a needle that is too large or the same size, when the ribbing pulls together the extra length of yarn creates a loop and the edge looks sloppy. Hope this helps...nothing worse than a cast on for socks that is so tight you can't get the socks on easily...or worse yet you break the cast on!

MMario's picture

somewhere I read about aq 1 x 1 rib cast on where you rlemove the waste yarn afterwards - and the cast on does not unravel....but stays EXTREMELY stretchy.....but I have no idea where. seedms like this is what's going on here.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

AdrianG's picture

Well, I think I worked it out with help from you guys and others. The cast on they're talking about is a tubular cast on. I've downloaded a pretty simple guide that someone suggested on Ravelry.

I like the sound of this German cast on too, I might give that a try. The socks have stalled though and I've started on another project... a lace scarf for my good friend Caroline. An early start on a Xmas project.

Mister GrandCarriage -- other than being devastatingly attractive, is your middle name Sherlock? One time ballet dancer now turned ballroom / latin dancer. That photo was taken when my male dance partner and I won gold at the EuroGames in Antwerp! I don't smile that often so its a rare photo LOL