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!