Sock Knitters - What is the best cast on for socks? I have not knit socks yet, but I've knit baby booties and I'm currently working on Christmas stockings.
The pattern does not specify a cast on to use, so for my first stocking I used the long tail cast on (I think I read somewhere that it is the most stretchy cast on). It looks okay, but a little sloppy, so I thought I'd try a different cast on for my next stocking.
I decided to use the cable cast on for my second stocking. It looks great (much neater) but it is a little stiff and doesn't stretch much. Also, it looks like the top pulls in slightly even though I went up on the needle size for the cast on (I used 10.5-needle for cast on and 8-needle for the stocking).
Since this is a Christmas stocking, I'm most concerned about how the cast on edge looks since it will be so visible. However, it still needs to be stretchy enough to be able to actually put something in the stocking!
I still have several more of these stockings to knit, so I would really appreciate your advice.
Silver Belle - are you out there?