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

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.” 

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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


• 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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