Sock Strategy

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.

Since I’ve been making so many socks I thought I should research the best possible cast on for the cuff of a sock. Usually you have to be very careful when casting on because if it is too tight, your sock is not going to fit over your heel when you put it on. 
I’ve heard of a lot of different techniques and tricks to make sure you have a stretchy cuff. Some use two needles held together, and cast on around them both. This does work, but the cast on line can look messy or loose. 
Another way is to cast on twice as many stitches as you need and decrease in the first round. I, personally, have never done this technique and think it would be way too much work. Others are simply very careful with their tension while casting on.

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.

I am hoping to have them done soon, so I can keep working on all my WIP’s!