Fat Knitting Superhero, disguised as Mild Mannered Yarn Shop Employee.

A sock needs a VERY STRETCHY cast-on (unless you want a sock that cuts off your circulation).  You can try to do a long-tail cast-on loosely enough that it will work, or you can do other tricks, like casting on 50% more stitches than you need and then decreasing them away in the first round.  OR – you can just do a cast-on that is inherently more stretchy.

My favorite stretchy cast on for socks (and hats and gloves and anything else that needs a LOT of stretch) is the Twisted German cast-on, also sometimes called the Twisted Norwegian cast-on, or as my friend and former boss Melanie called it, the Twisted Drunken Crazy German cast-on.

So, without further adieu, here ’tis!  The second video shows how to join stitches to knit in the round and conceal the jog at the beginning of the round.  ENJOY!


Comments on: "Top-Down Socks – Cast-on (part 2)" (6)

  1. Thanks really appreciate the effort that you put into making this video I understand perfectly how to go about casting on now.

  2. You’re welcome! I’m glad you stopped by!

  3. […] rows, knitted flat and attached together. I used a ‘drunken German cast on’ (using this site) to keep them stretchy, and another stretchy bind off (from this movie) to keep them stretchy on […]


  5. Thank you very much. You explained this so well. Thanks for taking the time to share your favourite stretchy cuff : )

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