When knitting things like socks from the toe up, this cast on method is very useful. I just learned how to do it and thought I'd share in case anyone else was having problems with it. As I said, this is new to me, so if you have a better way to do it, or any little tweeks to make to the way I'm doing it, feel free to chime in.
Step 1: Take two double pointed needles (DPNs) and hold them parallel to each other, with a little space between them. (Just in case you are wondering, the space should be about the size where you can fit your pinky finger through the middle of the two DPNs)
Step 2: Leaving a little bit of a tail, stick the yarn between the two DPNs. so that your tail is in front of the bottom needle and the yarn connected to the ball of yarn is behind the top needle. I've found that if you tie a slip knot when you are starting and put it on the bottom needle, it is easier to keep the needles parallel to each other.
Step 3: Wrap the yarn around the two needles half as many times as the number of stitches you need to cast on. Wrap the yarn over the top needle, under the bottom needle... When you get your desired amount of casted on stitches, take the yarn that is connected to the ball of yarn and put it in the back of the two needles.
Step 4: Starting with the stitches on the top needle, knit across.
Step 5: Knit the stitches on the bottom needle.
Now, you have cast on stitches and can proceed with your sock or whatever it is you are making.
Here is the video, I hope it clears up any questions you might have. But if it doesn't, feel free to leave a comment. Go ahead and mute the video, I completely forgot what the background "music" was and have gotten some comments that it is annoying. I listened to it again and am a little embarrassed that I actually pubished this. I think the video is good, but I havn't been able to take the time to change the background sound.
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