Let's clear up once and for all the great mystery surrounding the assembly of the stitches when you start a stocking (or sock) with the toe. This is the type of assembly that consists of casting on the stitches of a bottom by the tip of the foot to knit gradually to the top of the leg ending the bottom by the ribs. This technique is often referred to as an English-speaking name: "toe-up" (or "toe-up cast-on") which translates as "putting the stitches on the toes". It is, in a way, grafting upside down!
The casting on toe-up is not only reserved to "toe" (toes) !!
That said, the assembly "toe-up" is not only used to cast on the toes of socks, it can also be used in other circumstances as for example in our Non-felted Slippers pattern – Biscotte version while this type of assembly is used to cast on the stitches in the middle of the sole, or in our new pattern The Cheshire Cat Socks where this assembly is used to start at the bottom of the heel.
We know different techniques of this type of casting on, versions among which there sometimes seems to be confusion: Judy’s magic cast-on, casting on in 8 (or figure-8 cast-on) and Turkish Cast On (turkish cast-on). For the curious, we found a site that discusses these different cast ons and explains the differences, you can visit this website here.
At Biscotte Yarns, we have put together a video that presents a simple and effective way to cast on the stitches. This method is inspired by the Turkish installation with some variations to facilitate the use and improve the final result.
Casting on stitches in summary:1- Make a slip knot and place it on a circular needle.2- Point the 2 needles to the right, one over the other, so that the slip knot is found on the needle at the bottom.3- Keeping the slip knot in place, pull the bottom needle lightly so that the cable at the bottom sticks to the top needle (this will allow the stitches of you cast on to fit snugly) .
4- Wrap the yarn around the needle and the cable passing behind / up and in front / and down. The number of turns to be made is half of the stitches to be cast on; eg if the pattern asks you to cast on a total of 30 stitches (eg 15 stitches on each side), you have to make 15 rounds around the needle and the cable.5- To close the stitches, pull on the bottom needle to knit each round on the upper needle (let the yarn finish its turn and wrap the cable underneath when you knit your first stitch on the top needle) .6- When you have knitted all the stitches, turn the needles clockwise, keeping the knitting work (sts) facing you.7- The slip knot is now on the top needle. You have to remove the slip knot and you are now ready to start the first round of your pattern!That's it, I hope you enjoy this method of casting on and happy knitting !!