Judy’s Magic Cast-On

Instructions for working a sock toe using this cast-on can be found on knitty.com.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial.

The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be found here.

The circular needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Dreamz interchangeable needles.

The green yarn I use in the video is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in color Avocado.

The nail polish I’m wearing is Julep, color “Maddy”.

8 comments on “Judy’s Magic Cast-On

  1. Have you tried the turkish cast-on? If yes would you recommend using it as an alternative to the Judy’s?



  2. Sorry for this second message, I pressed the send button too early. I am a bit dislexsic and never realized until today I was using the Judy’s magic cast-on unproperly. Instead of rolling the yarn from top to bottom on the top needle I did it from buttom to top. The result is the same except that I do not get the twisted stitches on the second needle.

  3. Staci:
    I have been using Judy’s Magic Cast On and following up, as you say, with increasing at each end to shape the toe. I happen to use this with your new heel you presented in 2 Socks at a Time, Magic Loop. I absolutely love that heel. It’s easy to follow your wonderful directions and makes a really neat heel with no holes. Thank you for this.

  4. Great video, thanks for this. This CO is also useful for top-down mittens. Like toe-up socks, I love this mitten construction because it allows me to get maximum length out of the skein.

  5. Hi Staci,

    Does this mean that you will pull the front needle long for the whole pattern, rather than pullng the back needle long as you would normally do for magic loop?

  6. Stephanie – the work is kind of upside-down when you start this cast-on. Once you get some work on the needles, you’ll naturally turn it so that the toe is facing the floor, which will mean that you’ll pull the back needle “long” as we usually do for magic loop.

    S t a c i

  7. Thank you, Staci. I was totally doing this wrong. As a result, I was avoiding excellent patterns that start with JMCO because it never worked out for me. No worries now!

  8. Thank you Staci. I love this cast-on, with a tiny variation from yours. For the stitches on the top needle, I wrap the yarn around from the center to the top – exactly the same as for the bottom needle. Then the stitches aren’t reversed when I complete the second half of the first round.
    Your nails are Gorgeous, Very Pink!

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