Figure of 8 Cast On
I've used this cast on method for the Triple Twist Stockings and the Lumi Lace Socks as it gives
a really neat start when working toe up sock designs. It can be used whether you're using the
conventional method of knitting in the round on double pointed needles or the Magic Loop method
on a circular needle which is the method illustrated below.
Holding the circular needle in one hand so
that both tips are together, make a slip knot
and place it on the right needle tip
Holding the end of yarn attached to the ball
in the left hand, bring the yarn from right to
left under the left tip then crossing over the
left tip, downwards in between the needles
Next take the yarn from left to right under
the right needle tip....
...and bring up to the right of the needle.
Bring the yarn to the left crossing over the
right needle tip....
...then bring downwards between the needle.
You've now created a figure of 8 and cast on
2 sts - one on each needle tip but
do not count the slip knot as a stitch
Continue casting on in this way until you
have the number if required stitches for
To begin knitting pull the right needle tip
upwards so that the stitches slide from the
tip down onto the cable.
Now using the free right tip knit the stitches
from the left tip pullng firmly to close
up any gaps
Once at the other end pull down on the left
side of the circular needle so that the
stitches slide from the cable to the tip.
Drop the slip knot off the needle and pull
upwards on the right side once more so that
the stitches slide onto the cable from the tip.
With the free right tip knit to the end of
the round. You can see that the stitches
are arranged so that the round begins at
the side of the foot.
The figure of 8 cast on creates a lovely
neat start to the toe section.
Continue to work in round as instructed
by the pattern