One Toe-Up Socks on Two Circular Needles
Step One - Cast On
Before you even begin this tutorial, GO HERE and watch Amy's video on knitting on two circular needles. Scroll down to "Small Diameter Circular Knitting" and watch the video titled "On Two Circular Needles" Special Thanks to Amy & Sheldon at KnittingHelp.com for all their wonderful FREE knitting videos!
Now, after you've watched the video, we can begin.
First things first, hold one needle and the cable from the second needle in one hand together. You will cast onto the needle tip and a cable at the same time.
Note: If you're planning to knit contrasting toes and heels, begin with your contrast color now.
Pull the yarn snug. Repeat these wraps under the cable and over the needle until you have 12 wraps on the needle and 12 on the cable. Do not count the slip knot! There will be a total of 24 stitches, plus the slip knot.
When wrapping, remember to go down between the needle and cable, and then up and over the needle and/or cable. This is a "figure 8" cast on, because the yarn is wrapped in a figure 8 pattern. Also, when pulling the yarn snug, pull it so that it is snug around the needle and cable, and pulls the two close together.
Note: You may be tempted to slide the other needle tip and wrap around it instead of the cable. Please do not do this. Wrapping the cable will result in a much more even cast on that will become evident a little later in the tutorial.
Count your wraps to double check you have wrapped enough times, then double check again. Leave the working yarn going down and between the needle and the cable.
That's all there is to a figure 8 cast on. That was easy, wasn't it? Ok, it was a little awkward, but you're doing great. You're now ready to begin knitting!