My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Beyond Toes

In yesterday’s mail I got Judy Becker’s new book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-on, which is due to be released on September 30.

I actually got to see a pre-release version of this book a few months ago, because Judy asked me to write a blurb for the back cover (and blurb I did — you can read my blurb on the Amazon page I linked to above).

I am so pleased to see this book: so many sock designers (me included) have been using Judy’s cast-on in their designs for years, so it is particularly nice to see Judy get some much-deserved recognition.

The book has a very detailed techniques section, complete with illustrations for (you guessed it) Judy’s Magic Cast-on:

Not just the “plain vanilla” cast-on, but several variations for different situations. Very cool.

And there are 23 patterns from many different designers (including Judy) — and I know you’ll recognize some names when you see the book.

The first section of patterns is for hats:

Next we have neckwear:

And I have to show you a picture of what I think is the cutest, most insane project in the book:

A sock scarf! 😀

Next in the book are mittens:

Then socks. (How could there not be socks?)

Garments and wraps:

Bags and cozies:

And comfy things!

I love the little pigs!

There is of course a reference section in the back as well.

Bottom line, this is a great book with a whole lot of very cute patterns.

Judy actually sent me two signed copies of this book, one for me and one to give away. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for this book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time next Tuesday, October 4. I will select the recipient via the Random Number Generator and announce said winner in next Tuesday’s blog post.

Lucy sez:

“It’s autumn! Kitty bed season!”



  1. I am right now trying to do Judy’s magic cast on to make a Soap Sack. I used it earlier to make a case for a Nintendo game. I LOVE the sock Scarf!!

  2. I’m definitely adding this to my wish list. This looks wonderful!

  3. I’ve never learned Judy’s cast on method, so I would love this book!

  4. I’d love a copy of this book! Looks fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it 🙂

  5. Looks like a fabulous book!

  6. I love Judy’s Magic Cast On. I’ve used it for hats, socks, and sock monkeys. I’d love this book to see what else you could do.
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Mood Booster!

  7. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I’d loooove to learn her cast on methods.

  8. It looks like a great book. I’m back into knitting and there are so many more new things to learn.

  9. This book looks like a must have. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Love the sock scarf….

  10. Looks like a great book! I would love to win it!

  11. Ooh! Pick me! I just love those patterns! Especially the sock scarf. I will totally make one of those. And wear it. Yes. Must. Have. That. Book.
    Meredith´s last blog post ..Trip to Nelson

  12. I’ve used Judy’s magic cast on for a Hat! 🙂 But yet, not for socks. I would be LOVING the chance to knit that sock scarf out of the book.

  13. GMaggie (Ravelry) says:

    Great opportunity – looks like a fantastic book!

  14. Oooh, oooh! Pick me! Love this! 🙂

  15. Lucy sure is a beauty!! 🙂
    Kay´s last blog post ..Labor Day

  16. Wow, that book looks awesome!! The sock scarf amuses me in too many ways 🙂

  17. I remember you teaching us the magic cast on @ Soxperience this year… My sock knitting will never be the same again thanks to you & Judy!!!

  18. Margaret Welch says:

    I was just thinking about trying JMCO for top-down mittens. Guess I’m not the first one with that idea. Would love to have a copy of this book!

  19. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Oh, how my Mom would have loved those little pigs…

    Lovely book.

  20. Sounds like a fabulous boon. Since discovering Judy’s Magic Cast-on that’s all I’ve been using for my toe-up socks. It’s great for using with two circular needles as well as for dp’s. Would love a copy.

  21. This book looks fantastic!

  22. What a fabulous book. I would love it!! Thank you for the opportunity.

  23. Ooh, Oooh meeeeeeeeeee!!

  24. Looks like a great book! And I do not yet know how to do “Judy’s Magic Cast on” so I need it!

  25. Look forward to checking out the book with my favorite cast on. Lucy loooks quite comfy!

  26. Looks like a great book! I love Judy’s magic cast on and have been a devotee since I discovered it on your blog, as is true with everything else I know about sock knitting. In my house its the second most often used learning from your blog; the first would have to be Angry Birds which I had never heard of before you mentioned it.

    thanks – would love to win, but resigned to buying retail and supporting my LYS – vs. Amazon.

  27. That looks like a fabulous book. I would love a copy.

  28. love the sock scarf and piggies!!

  29. Looks like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  30. I can always use another knitting book, and this one sounds wonderful! Please pick me!

  31. Judy’s Magic Cast-on is my go-to toe-up sock cast-on and I always end up with a picture-perfect sock when I use it. I would love to have a knitting odyssey that starts with this amazing cast-on! Plus, I want to knit that totally awesome sock scarf!

    Lucy looks quite regal in her kitty bed!
    Ezara´s last blog post ..Spinning Mania

  32. The top of my present day bucket list is how to knit socks. I could really use this book.
    I am anxious to see Judy’s magic cast on. Put in a good word for me Lucy.

  33. I would love a copy of the book.

  34. sounds like a wonderful addition to anyones knitting library obsession! I would love to expand my magic cast on skills.

  35. I love Judy’s magic cast-on, ever since my 1st toe-up pair of socks! I really don’t like doing socks, despite that, but I’d love more projects to use the technique on.

  36. On how neat a sock scarf. I think that is the coolest.
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  37. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Just gotta make that sock scarf. Too cute!!!

  38. Lynette Anderson says:

    I love Judy’s Magic Cast On–learning it opened a whole knitting world for me. I would love to win her book.

  39. I’d love to win this!
    Anth´s last blog post ..Birth Story

  40. Those pigs are adorable! Who knew there were so many things other than toes for Judy’s Magic Cast-on? Yes, please sign me up for the drawing!

  41. Ohhhh! Me! Me! Me! Pick me! Come on, Random Number Generator!!

  42. Stephanie Reynolds says:

    Wow! Lots of comments!! Everbody knows a good book when they see it. Hope it’s going to be mine!

  43. Susan D Smith says:

    I’d love to have a copy! All my socks are now toe-up and use Judy’s cast on. Looks v ery cool!

  44. What a great book! Thank you and Judy for sharing a few copies.

  45. Looks a great book, I have done Judy’s magic cast on for all the socks I have knitted.

  46. I think the cover of the book is lovely and I’m glad to see Judy in actual print.

  47. oh, hope the random number generator chooses my number. Fantastic book!

  48. That sock scarf is definitely unique!

  49. What a great book! Thanks for sharing your extra copy.

  50. This book looks incredible. Winner or not I am going to have to keep an eye out for it 🙂

  51. Looks like a great book – thanks for the contest!

  52. I always use Judy’s magic cast-on for my toe-up socks. This looks like an interesting book. I’d love to win a copy.
    SusanB´s last blog post ..Project Linus – Third Sunday Group – September

  53. I took a couple of classes from Judy at Sock Summit. She was great!

  54. Want! 🙂

  55. I really need to knit a pig. I’d love the book.

  56. JMCO has turned me into a sock knitter, and led me to buy your sock books. Love her!

  57. I love Judy’s Magic Cast-on and would love a copy of the book! Thanks for offering it.

  58. It would be magic if I actually won something! If I don’t I will ask Santa for this book for Christmas. It looks really great. Practical and inventive!!!!

  59. I love Judy’s cast-on! Have been using it for several years on my toe up socks, which is all I knit. The book looks great and I can’t wait to see it.

  60. Books with lots of technical help. Yum. A whole book based on a technique. Even yummier.

  61. What a delight to have such a wonderful. I have used some of the techniques.
    I’d love a copy.

  62. carol walther says:

    Collecting knitting books is almost as much fun as knitting!! Thanks for sharing!:)

  63. The sock scarf is way too cool, and the pigs are so adorable. Would love to win the book.

  64. Learned it just recently, and love Judy’s cast-on! Pick me! Pick me!

  65. That looks like a super book. love the sock scarf, just hope it isn’t at sock gauges, I rather knit a pair of thigh highs it if is.

  66. The book looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try the sock scarf. My daughters will love it!

  67. I love the sock scarf- and one can never have too many variations of cast-ons!

  68. I would LOVE to check it out! Sock scarf, to funny! Tell Lucy she looks all sweet and sugglesom in her autumn flava bed!

  69. The front cover is really neat, great color. What a clever idea, to incorporate different designs using Judy’s Majic Cast-On! Love it! Keep me in mind, I would love to use this book and expand the mind!!!
    Theresa´s last blog post ..25th Annual Fiber Art Show and Sale

  70. Kristine M. says:

    I love the piggies!

  71. Pick me pick me

  72. This does sound like a very cool book. And I LOVE the sock scarf! Every dedicated sock knitter needs one, as a badge of honor. (Or at least, I do.)
    Sherry´s last blog post ..Selbudeath Socks Go To The Movies

  73. Judy is a genius–use her cast on all of.the time and the book looks GREAT!

  74. evelyn Macway says:

    What a lovely looking book. I love Judy’s cast on… and I would love a copy of the book. Thanks for offering it!

  75. I would love this book! I use Judy’s magic cast on for all of your socks I make! Debbie

  76. Joan Anderson says:

    What a great book! Add my name for the drawing. We can never stop learning when it comes to knitting. Love the sock-scarf. What a neat idea.
    Joan from Wisconsin

  77. You and Judy are very generous and you have both changed the way I knit for the better.

  78. I love the sock scarf…just the kind of offbeat project for me…it would be a great Christmas present for me niece.

  79. love the idea of this book, I’ll have to look for it, as I never win!

    Thanks for writing a fun blog and sharing much wisdom.

  80. I’m a Judy Becker fan. Would love to have a signed copy of her book. Thanks.

  81. I can only hope that I am lucky enough to win….

  82. Oh my! That sock scarf is AWESOME! I solemnly promise to make it and wear it to church should I win the book. And post pictures to Ravelry. 😀

    I LOVE JMCO. I use it for fingerless gloves for the thumbs all the time!

  83. Knits-with-rain says:

    I am happy for Judy’s sake that she has shown us by way of this comprehensive book
    that she is a Knitting Wizard First Class, not just a knitter who once had a clever idea
    about casting on.
    Who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a copy? I would be…

  84. The book looks terrific. I would love to win one.

  85. Wow, I want it! Thanks for chance to win one!

  86. Diane Rizzo says:

    I love Judy’s Magic Cast on! I would love to own this book.

  87. I’d love to make the sock scarf!!!

  88. the pigs convinced me i need that book!

  89. I love the little piggies, they make me squeal in delight too!

    I’ve been using Judy’s cast on for years too and it has never failed me once. Yay Judy!

  90. I would love to win a copy! I love Judy’s Magic Cast-on, and would love to see non-sock projects using it. =)

  91. I never imagined that Judy’s magic cast on had so many uses beyond socks!

  92. Oh yeah — I’d like a copy of that book. Pick my number! Pick my number!


  93. Looks like a book full of terrific information and patterns. I would love to add it to my knitting library. Wendy, thank you for the chance to do so! Lucy you snuggle in warmly for the winter.
    Kim B´s last blog post ..Camp Loopy Project Three

  94. to begin modifying instantly…time for a heelhead sock scarf!

  95. The scarfy is lovely. But I would love to knit the mini bags.

  96. Sherry Anderson says:

    Thank you as always for the opportunity to win!!!! I love Judy and Wendy! Just got your lace book! Love it!

  97. Jessica Peled says:

    Pick me!

  98. I’m as random as anybody. Please generate me a copy of this one.

  99. This book looks like so much fun. I really hope your random number generator likes this post. Bonnie & Clyde say meow to Lucy:-)

  100. I definitely NEED NEED NEED this book! Pick me please!!!!!!