Back in August, before we took a road trip to Yellowstone
(which I haven't told you about - but was lovely)
I won a contest giving out a copy of Cast On Bind Off.
This is an amazing little book and if you are a knitter - well you NEED it.
Since I'm always knitting - I decided to try out some different ways to cast on
and bind off.
I've knit 3 pairs of socks since vacation.
The first pair of socks were Carrie's Blackberry Brambles.
I won this pattern 3 years ago for naming the pattern and the yarn has been around that long too.
I tried the Channel Island Cast On on page 56.
It took me a minute to figure it out.
It's stretchy and pretty when the sock isn't on.
Looks perfectly normal when wearing the socks.
Next was another pair of top down socks - this time a test knit.
I decided to use the Slip Knot Cast On from page 59.
Again - took me a minute to figure it out.
This one was lovely transitioning to the k2p2 rib.
Super stretchy and looks fabulous on.
Finally - I had a pair of toe up socks that I was ready to finish.
This time the pattern was the Simple Skyp socks - heavily modified.
I tried the Elastic Bind Off on page 170.
I think it took more yarn than my usual toe up bind off,
however, there is absolutely no binding at the top of the socks.
So - if you are a knitter - go get this book. It's worth every penny!