I’ve finished the socks that were knit from the yarn I dyed myself. Not exactly clean lines, but I like the colours. Socks don’t have to be perfect, just warm.
I am usually very careful with my tension while using the long-tailed cast on. It’s not perfect, and sometimes I forget that I am supposed to be careful and my cast on ends up being too tight. I’ve ripped out quite a few socks because I didn’t like the cast on.
Through my research I found the German twisted cast on. I’d heard of this technique before, but haven’t tested it out. It’s close to a long-tailed cast on, a similar principle, and not a huge amount of work for a sub par cuff.
I have finished one of Dad’s socks with this cast on and I really like it. You cannot feel the cast on line at all. It’s one of my personal pet peeves when you put on a newly knit sock and you can feel the cast on line around your calf. I am definitely going to be doing this from now on.