Thursday, January 20, 2005

Two Socks On One Circular - Spiral Cast-On

Introduction to the Spiral Cast-On
There are many ways to start a toe up sock: Short rows, Figure 8, Easy Toe or Aloha Cast-On. My method is similar to the Figure 8 and Aloha methods, except you just wrap the yarn in a spiral around one needle and the small cable of that same needle to start the first round of a toe up sock. I use this same spiral for any provisional cast-ons that I need to do. For other types of knitting, where you need to knit in the opposite direction, I use the skinny cable from a different needle - the smaller the cable, the better. After you knit the first row of the spiral, you can transfer the stitches easily to a fatter Denise cable or stitch holder, if you wish. I use long size 000 Addi Turbos for lifelines and stitch holders as I can knit right off of them and I hate to pick up stitches from yarn or string.

Supplies:
I'm using a 47" size 1 (2.5mm) Addi Turbo circular needle and 2 balls of yarn:


Cast-On for the First Sock:
I work from right to left, casting on the first sock that will be knit, then the second. Hold the left needle on top and bend the cable and hold it parallel and against the bottom of the left needle, with the right needle hanging loose. Taking about 12 inches of the yarn, hook it with the tail going to the back between the left needle and the cable. Bring the tail down, forward, up and over to the back 8 times in a spiral and then bring the tail from back to front between the needle and the cable. You have just cast on 8 stitches and knit one half of the first round of the first sock:


Cast-On for the Second Sock:
Taking about 12 inches of the second ball of yarn, thread it with the tail going to the back between the needle and the cable to the left of the first sock's cast-on. Bring the tail down, forward, up and over to the back 8 times in a spiral and then bring the tail from back to front between the needle and the cable. You have cast on another 8 stitches and knit one half of the second round of the second sock:


Both Socks Cast On and Ready to Knit:


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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your method!

cari
(dogsstealyarn.com)

8:04 PM  
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Anonymous Heather said...

hey, there! It's Heather from Cradtlit.blogspot.com. Thanks for the 2/e info. I am on the GTSpecial site, but hadn't heard of the document. Thank you for letting me know! Keep me posted if you find anything newsy.

4:21 PM  

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