Friday, May 16, 2008

Toe-Up Socks....let me count the cast-on ways

I got a new digital camera (7 meg.) for my B-day! Old camera (4meg.)

Knitting socks fascinates me. I've been toying around with all the different ways that there are to knit sock. First, I tried DPN's. I didn't like them too well, but I made a baby sock for practice. Then, I moved on to socks on two circulars, which I had learned by using: Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. I didn't have too much success with making socks with the book at first, because I really think that it was written for more experienced sock-knitters than myself. I ended up taking a trip to my LYS where they really helped me get the hang of socks on 2-cirs. I also helped that I had purchased my Addi Turbos & some Opal sock yarn there, so they were very eager to help me become one of them....a sock addict. Then, I became intrigued with the magic loop method of knitting socks.

I've made about 5 pair of socks & I have about 3 more waiting for a mate. I've discovered that I really don't like doing the kitchener stitch on the toes. I get lost with it and I'm never sure whether or not my sts. are going to hold. I'm not too crazy about the draw -string method of closing the toe either. Hmmm.......there's got to be another way. So, I have decided to try my hand at Toe-Up Socks rather than working them from the cuff down like I had been doing. Well, the first few patterns that I looked at for toe-up socks called for provisional cast on. For the life of me, I haven't been able to get the hang of this method. I have read & watched all sorts of videos, but something is not clicking in w/me. I did it a couple of times, but when it came time to "unzip" the sts. from the waste yarn........the "zipper" was stuck.

So, if you're looking for a different way to do an invisible cast-on, you've come to the right place. Like learning all the different ways to knit socks, I have discovered that there are all different ways to cast on for TU socks. There's something here for everybody.

Judy's Magic Cast On

Emily Ocker's Cast-On (It's been described by Elizabeth Zimmerman)

Cat Bordhi's Baby Life Ring Socks -scroll down pattern for her cool method.

Zig-zag cast-on for toe-up socks

Turkish Cast-On

Short Row Toe

CybersocksToe-up Socks


Two Toe-Up Socks on One Circular NeedleTutorial

FREE KNITTING PATTERN! Two At Once, Toe-Up Sock Pattern
by Knit Picks Design Team (Free download PDF for this cast-on method.)


Anonymous said...

Great resources!! I've recently begun to knit socks myself so this was great for me. Love the color on the socks...I made a pair of yoga socks in the same yarn. Happy Knitting!

glorm1 said...

I don't knit socks, but I do admire your determination to find a method that works best for you.

A smart yarn shop will give out help even if the person didn't buy the yarn there, cause in the long run it will bring in more customers since that person will pass on the good word and the help they received.

I just had to post a comment since I got here without seeing the dreaded "Sorry, the page is available" page!

Anonymous said...

You did great in your research and thanks for the links, you are sure coming along!

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