Figure 8 cast-on help

have the general idea of this figure 8 cast on …but…need some technique help as to: how to hold the two needles while knitting the stitches…will use this for toe of sock…thanks, annie

Figure 8 cast on :?: What’s that?

Here’s what I do to hold the needles while knitting the stitch…
Quoted from my post at the TKGA Message Board

Hope that helps or at least gives you some ideas :?

The “figure 8 cast-on” instructions that I’ve seen on the net (eg here: look exactly the same as what I’ve also seen called a “provisional cast-on”. Maybe someone will set me straight, but I believe they’re the same in effect.

Amy has a video for doing a provisional cast-on: (second video from the end)

This is what I use for toe-up socks and it works a treat. I hope Amy’s video helps you…

This site has nice illustrations describing the method in question.

I use this method. It gives a nice, elastic edge. I also cast onto BOTH needles simultaneously; it’s easier to work the first row of stitches. Stack one vertically on top of the other.


From the yarnco site it looks like figure 8 caston is our old favorite - long tail cast on (it’s MY favorite). This makes sense because your needle moves in a figure eight as you make each stitch. Amy has a great video of this in the basis techniques section.



If you’re talking about a provisional cast-on–the yarn moves in a figure eight for that one, too, I don’t recall any special needle holding technique. You hold the yarn like you do for long-tail in your left hand and hold the ‘waste’ yarn against the needle with your right.

If that’s too confusing ( I hate it) you can crochet a chain and cast on to that. When you’re ready to weave the stitches together, you take out the chain.

I’m not sure if I do it totally right, but I have been using figure 8 cast on for toe up baby socks. I basically just wrap the yarn figure 8 style around/between the 2 needles than then start knitting. Using number 2 needles, I did find it rather difficult to get started. Once you get the first time around knitted though, it is much easier. I’m not sure there is an easy way to hold it in the beginning…especially when you are using really small needles!