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!

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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 […]

  4. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

  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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