Cast on for TOASTY

This is the cast on method I use for TOASTY Super Chunky Lounge Socks.

TOASTY socks are worked from the toe up and you should use your preferred method for this type of cast on. This is how I like to do it.

I realise this is a lengthy post and I apologise if I’m explaining too much, or too little for that matter. It’s quite a difficult thing to put into words and I’ll shortly upload a video to support it.

Here goes!

Hold the two needles together horizontally in your right hand (with the tips pointing to the left) and keep them in this position until you have your required number of stitches.

Holding the tail of the yarn (which should be about 12” long) with it dangling down between the needles pass the working yarn (the one that’s attached to the ball) over the back needle. This will be Needle 2.

With your left hand move the tail under Needle 2 behind the back of the working yarn and hold it over your index finger. The working yarn then goes over your thumb.

Your first stitch is now on Needle 2. The next step is to put the first stitch on the front needle – Needle 1.

Bring the yarn on your finger up between the needles and over Needle 1. As you take your finger back into position keep the yarn taut but not too tight. You now have your first stitch on Needle 1.

Now bring the yarn on your thumb up between the needles and over Needle 2. Again, make sure the yarn is taut but not too tight.

It helps me to remember:
• The yarn on the finger comes up between the needles and forward over Needle 1
• The yarn on the thumb comes up between the needles and backward over Needle 2

Now that you have one stitch on each needle, you’re going to
• Bring the yarn on the finger up between the needles and forward over Needle 1
• Bring the yarn on the thumb up between the needles and backward over Needle 2

You repeat these two steps until you have the number of stitches required. For TOASTY socks you need 12 stitches in total – 6 on each needle.

Okay, that last bit made it sound simple! Actually, once you’ve done it a few times it really is. I now find I just do it without thinking and it’s my favourite way of casting on. So stick with it and you’ll soon get the rhythm going.

But we’re not finished yet! To complete the cast on you need to secure the stitches.

Keeping the needles together and horizontal turn them so that the tips point to the right and you’re holding them in your left hand. Needle 1 is now at the back an Needle 2 at the front.

A this stage the tail needs to be held or you might lose your first stitch on Needle 1.

Pull Needle 2 to the right so the stitches sit on the cable then use the working yarn to knit the first stitch on Needle 1. You’ve now secured the stitch and can let go of the tail. You’ll notice that the remaining stitches on Needle 1 are twisted so to straighten them knit into the back of each of the remaining stitches.

Almost done!

Pull the stitches from the cable onto the free needle, pull the other needle free and use it to knit into the front of every stitch (as these aren’t twisted there’s no need to knit into the back of them).

Phew! I told you it was lengthy. That’s it. Your cast on is now complete.