When knitting socks toe-up you need to be mindful of how you start and end your socks. Your cast on needs to allow you to have a small circular stitch count – which you then increase to form your toe, and the bind off needs to be stretchy so that you can get your sock on over your heel! I’m going to do a series of blog posts on these items and others, aimed at socks specifically, but that can come in handy in other knitting as well.
This post will concern the cast on. One of my favorite cast ons for starting toe-up socks is Judy’s Magic Cast On. It is indeed magical!
Here is a video showing how to work this cast on:
Another great use for this cast on is as a provisional cast on. If you work the bottom stitches over a second circular needle and then leave the needle in place – or replace it with waste yarn- you can then go back and knit from those stitches in the opposite direction with no visible line in the knitting.
I hope this has been helpful!