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There was a question recently of how the cast on is supposed to look for Stephanie van der Linden's magical Harika socks, and Stephanie was generous enough to send along some photos so knitters can see her innovative treatment in action.



Step 1: Holding the yarn as usual, drop or twist the right hand needle down behind the work.




Step 2: Bring the Right Hand needle under the work and up in front so that there is a twist in your fabric. 




Step 3: Knit the next stitches normally, forgiving the gap that will form around the twisted fabric.  That gap will disappear as you knit the following row.  Have faith: the ribbing makes it all look right again. The result is lovely and inspiring.  Stephanie recommends this treatment with a four or five stitch repeat for a sweet edging on mittens and children's sweaters as well.  




I know a number of knitters are smitten with the socks in the colours as they appear in the magazine, but are having a challenging time locating solids to coordinate with their self-striping yarn. I have a consolation to offer you: perhaps even more beautiful than the first stained-glass pair she sent to us, Stephanie has an orange version that I have to admit just takes my breath away, orange-loving knitter that I am.  Suddenly that ball of Trekking XXL I scored a few years ago has a new purpose.  Can't you see bright green or cobalt blues against that white too?  I want them so much I have to go cast on now so that I don't fall over.  If I don't post (or pass out) in the meantime, have a Happy New Year!