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NitKnit
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Posted - 01/05/2005 :  10:51:47 PM  Show Profile Send NitKnit a Private Message
I'm relatively new to sock knitting and wanted some opinions about the best cast on to use. I use a cable cast-on for most things, but it gives my socks a "frilly" edge. Any suggestions?

Anna

KAC
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  06:23:59 AM  Show Profile Send KAC a Private Message
For socks (or anything that needs an elastic edge), the German Twisted Cast-on is the best one I've found. It takes a minute to learn, but I use it a *lot* now.

Here's a website with picture directions:
http://knitting.about.com/library/bltgcaston.htm

Kim
http://sanityknit.blogspot.com/
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fmarrs
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  07:56:42 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I learn every new cast on I come across but I always go back to the basic double tailed cast on but with a difference. I think my cast on looks neater if I pull the yarn really tight when I make it so I cast on over two needles the same size as I am going to use to knit the garment. When I start knitting this cast on looks too big, but after I have knit an inch or two, I pick up 2 to 3 inch sections of it and stretch them out. The stitches even out, look great and the cast on has never been too tight for anything including socks, necklines, etc. It seems to have the same stretch as the rest of the garment.

fran
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klfrazier
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  08:01:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
I prefer the Old Norweigen cast on for socks. There's instructions for it in the back of Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I find it to be very neat, strong and elastic.

Kristin
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mokey
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  08:22:36 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I use the cable cast on and it creates a lovely, firm edge with just enough give.

"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." Gandhi
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bogiebogie
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  08:54:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit bogiebogie's Homepage Send bogiebogie a Private Message
I'm partial to a tubular cast on for cuff down socks. Great stretch and a neat edge.
http://www.flor.freeservers.com/tips2.htm

--JK
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carpe diem
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  11:32:19 AM  Show Profile Send carpe diem a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by klfrazier

I prefer the Old Norweigen cast on for socks. There's instructions for it in the back of Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I find it to be very neat, strong and elastic.

Kristin


How is the Norgweigen different than the long tail cast-on? I need to see it motion I think to understand .

~ Lisa, Seattle
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Licensed2Cook
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  12:17:07 PM  Show Profile  Send Licensed2Cook a Yahoo! Message Send Licensed2Cook a Private Message
Normally I use the same method as Fran, that's how I was taught but I just tried the tubular CO and I thought all was going well, I liked how it looked and I got excited like a small child and ripped out the crocheted chain after knitting a few rows and found out that the sock unraveled with it. What did I do wrong? No clue, did I miss a step?

Dee
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NitKnit
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Posted - 01/06/2005 :  1:37:04 PM  Show Profile Send NitKnit a Private Message
WOW!

Thanks for all the great info!
I'm going straight home from work and play with each of these cast-ons.
Some one should put together a collaboration of every cast-on known! Now that would be a book.

Anna
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SerMom
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Posted - 01/10/2005 :  9:26:34 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by NitKnit

WOW!

Thanks for all the great info!
I'm going straight home from work and play with each of these cast-ons.
Some one should put together a collaboration of every cast-on known! Now that would be a book.

Anna


Don't forget cast-offs. There are probably just as amny of those!

Barbara
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