Learn Judy’s Magic Cast On

Bumps on knitted socks and bags vanish when you learn Judy’s Magic Cast On.

| August 31, 2012

  • Cast On Bind Off
    “Cast On, Bind Off” presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier or whatever your project needs.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing
  • Profile Of Cast On
    Profile of Judy’s Magic Cast On
    Photo By John Polak
  • Close Up Of Cast On
    Close up of Judy’s Magic Cast On
    Photo By John Polak
  • Knitted Ball
    Knitted ball bottom
    Photo By John Polak
  • Hold the Two Needles
    Loop the yarn around the top needle, with the tail sandwiched between the top needle and the bottom needle and coming out the back. The tail should have approximately 3/4” for each stitch you are casting on. The working yarn will go over the top needle.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Rotate The Pair Of Needles
    While holding the stitch in place with a finger on your right hand, rotate the pair of needles up and wrap the yarn on your finger around the bottom needle, as if making a yarnover. Gently tighten the loop.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Tighten The Loop
    Rotate the pair of needles downward and wrap the thumb yarn around the top needle as if making a yarnover. Gently tighten the loop.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Pick Up The Yarns
    Pick up the yarns with your left hand in the slingshot position, with the tail over your index finger and the working yarn over your thumb. This twists the yarns and creates a loop on the top needle that counts as the first stitch.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Knit the Next Row
    This twists the yarns so you can knit the first stitch. Knit the first row. The first stitch may become a little loose; just pull on the tail to tighten it.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Knit the First Row
    Turn the needles so that the bottom one is on top and the yarn ends on the right. Drop the tail and bring the working yarn up behind the top needle. Make sure the tail lies under the working yarn, between it and the needle.
    Photo By John Polak

  • Cast On Bind Off
  • Profile Of Cast On
  • Close Up Of Cast On
  • Knitted Ball
  • Hold the Two Needles
  • Rotate The Pair Of Needles
  • Tighten The Loop
  • Pick Up The Yarns
  • Knit the Next Row
  • Knit the First Row

Judy’s Magic Cast On is a way to cast on for enclosed objects invisibly, allowing you to make a clean start on toe-up socks, top-down hats and more. Expand your knitting repertoire and thumb through Leslie Ann Bestor’s Cast On, Bind Off (Storey Publishing, 2012). This one-of-a-kind reference teaches how to choose — and execute — the most appropriate, functional and effective means of creating professional and beautiful edges for any number of knitting projects. This excerpt is taken from the chapter “Double-Sided Cast Ons.” 

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Cast On, Bind Off.

Judy’s Magic Cast On

This wonderful cast on is the invention of Judy Becker, who generously gave me permission to include it here. It is a way to cast on for an enclosed object, such as the toe of a sock or the bottom of a bag — invisibly! Therein lies the magic. I also find it neater than the Turkish and Figure 8 cast ons. It is possible to start this cast on with a slip knot on the top needle, though I’ve found that little knot bothers some people; it can be a bit looser than the surrounding stitches. But if it makes it easier or less confusing for you, go ahead and use a slip knot instead of wrapping the yarn as described here.

Extras Two same-size circular needles



Characteristics

• Neat “edge”
• Invisible on both sides
• No gap between first rows of knitting

Good for

• Toe-up socks
• Bags
• Top-down hats and mittens






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