InterweaveStore.com The perfect handknitted socks begin with the right cast-on. Give your next project a comfy and elastic beginning with one of these six cast-on methods: Old Norwegian Knit One, Purl One Channel Island One-Row Tubular (or Italian) Tubular Double-start In this video, you'll learn to work stretchy and decorative cast-ons perfect for socks but useful for any knitting project. This basics-and-beyond video is perfect for knitters of all levels!
The Channel Island cast-on is very versatile because it is strong and elastic. It is the perfect cast-on method for socks because of its stretch. Its picot-like edge also makes it a very attractive option.
Casting on—as opposed to casting away—has nothing to do with desert islands or little buddies named Gilligan. It's the second step in every knitting project—and you don't have to be a Professor to know how to do it.
Inspired by the cute bumpiness of a two colour version of the Channel Island cast-on, these simple garter stitch booties can be knitted up over two evenings of movie watching (real popcorn is optional). Knitted with 8 ply (double knit) pure wool yarn, these booties will coordinate beautifully with the Popcorn Beret and Popcorn Cardigan (still in the design stage).