My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Love Judy’s Magic Cast-on. The book looks lovely. Pick me! Pick me!
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  2. The book cover is so nice! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. What a nice variety of patterns – I would love a copy! And a great reference to use when I try her Magic Cast-on. Thanks,Wendy!

  4. Annie Wilson says:

    I would love to have Judy’s book. Maybe I could win a nice autographed copy…

  5. A friend of mine would love that book!

  6. Please throw my name (errr number) in the hat. I’d love to win this book.

  7. Carole Deschamps says:

    Wow!! A knitter can NEVER have too many knitting books…but this one seems SO cool…love the little piggies! Oink, oink!

  8. Love Judy’s magic cast on. Use it all the time. Looks like a great book with lots of projects I would knit!

  9. Jane Wilson says:

    A new sock book would be most appreciated. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Whoa to that sock scarf!

  11. What a cool book – had no idea it was in the works.

  12. You know, I was just thinking, I surely need a new cast on method…and voila…like magic this book appears (on your website).

    How much fun would it be to make those piggies? I can’t wait to find out.


  13. I love her Magic Cast-on – it’s wonderful to see her published! Count me in the drawing!

  14. I’d love to win a copy! I had no idea she was coming out with a book. I agree – it’s nice to see her getting recognition for her knitting. I regularly use her cast-on for socks.

    And I just got your lace book in the mail a couple of days ago. I love it! You put out another great knitting book. Hooray! 🙂
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  15. The book sounds like a great resource!
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  16. That sock scarf is crazy! The book looks great.

  17. Since you introduced me to Judy’s Magic Cast On, it’s been my default CO for socks – I’ve been looking forward to her book – and a signed copy, well, that would just be cats knee socks….LOL Thanks for the chance!

  18. Looks like a greats book! It’d look even better on my book shelf. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. This book looks amazing and I’d love to win a copy!

  20. Looks like a great book, would love to win.

  21. Knitted “piggies” and socks for your piggies — looks like a great book!

  22. It looks like a fun book. Random number generator, pick me!

  23. New book looks great! Have loved Judy’s Magic cast on ever since I learned it and much prefer doing toe-up socks 🙂

  24. Judy’s cast on and your first sock book changed my life. I’d love to win this book.

  25. Thanks for the opportunity – the book looks great!

  26. Would love to add this to my kniiting books. Looks like a lot of fun!

  27. Wow, just used Judy’s magic cast on for some socks! Would love a copy of the book!

  28. Just making some socks now with Judy’s magic cast on. I would love to win this book!

  29. cute little piggy

  30. The sock scarf is fabulous and I would love a copy of this book. I need to put this on my wish list.

  31. Beautiful book with lots’o choices! would love to get a copy!

  32. Sounds like a great book…I am ready to add it to my library

  33. Oh I would love to add this book to my knitting books. I do use margic loop for sock, and now you tell me I can do more. Come on home to ME pretty book

  34. So many nice projects, loe the pigs, and of course, the scarf. Would love to have a copy of the book!

  35. I love Judy’s cast on and would love a copy of the book!! thanks

  36. Love her cast-on technique! Count me in.

  37. Just what every sock knitter needs! A sock-scarf. I love it

  38. Pick me…pick me….pick me….p l e a s e….I’d love to win Judy’s new book!

  39. Oh, Choose me! That book looks wonderful!

  40. Just used Judy’s cast on for the first time recently for toe-up socks; it was pretty cool.

  41. Bobbi Joyner says:

    That sock scarf would be perfect for where I live in the Pacific Northwest as our winters are cold! I would love a copy of the book in my home. The whole selection variety of patterns is so great! I have a new baby great-granddaughter that that little pig would be perfect for!

  42. Sock scarf is amazing. Please pick me.

  43. Would love a chance to win this lovely book! What inspiration!

  44. Oh, looks terrific! I love the humor of that giant sock scarf!

  45. I would love to win a copy of this book. Do you have a pattern in It?

  46. I along with everyone else would love to win Judy’s book. Thank you for the chance to try to win it.

  47. Ooh, would love to win a copy of that book. My normal book shop doesn’t seem to have it available for pre-order.
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  48. Chris Reeske says:

    I would love the book I’ve just been hunting mitten patterns.

  49. Carol Perecman says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book; I have been waiting for it for a long time!


  50. Linda D. (epic1313) says:

    That book looks fantastic. I love her cast on, but never thought to use it for anything other than socks.

  51. This looks like a wonderful book!!

  52. I’d love to win a copy of the book. I use Judy’s magic cast-on all the time!
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  53. Those pigs are adorable! I would love a copy!

  54. Barbara Stern says:

    Thanks for the give-a-way. i’d love to own this book!

  55. The book sounds like bunches of fun! And I’m with Lucy, autumn is time for warm snugglies. 😉

  56. Would love to win this book. Have never done Judy’s magic cast on … this would be a great way to learn 😉

  57. OMG! The big sock scarf is just too funny. I love it! The books looks fabulous.

  58. That book looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to learn that cast on, and it’d be really fun to make something other than socks with it. Really want that book!

  59. Corinne in CA says:

    I just got back from Vogue Knitting Live! in Los Angeles. I took a toe-up sock class, and of course we used Judy’s cast-on. It would be wonderful to also learn how to use this cast-on for other uses than socks.

  60. That book is definitely my cup of tea.

  61. Joanne Brown says:

    I love using Judy’s Magic Cast On; I’ve always had trouble doing the Kitchner stitch.

  62. I would love a copy of this book. I absolutely adore the sock scarf!

  63. Jeannette in St. Louis says:

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win such a great looking book! Can’t wait to see it, whether I win it or buy it!

  64. What a great opportunity! I didn’t know Judy had a new book coming out. Wonderful to see! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  65. Those pigs look so cute!

  66. The book sounds great! Pick me, pick me!! 🙂

  67. Me, me, me. I always use the Judy magic cast on for my toe up sock and I am really interested to see what else you can do with it. And a sock scarf, seriously?
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  68. What a wonderful variety of designs – I would have to make the piggies first!!

  69. That looks like a great book!

  70. What an awesome book. Hope I win, but if I don’t I guess I’ll just have to buy it. Lol

  71. Shirley Ryan says:

    well, naturally I want to be in on the drawing….looks like a really interesting book.

  72. Sounds wonderful!

  73. The sock scarf is so dang cute! My teen & pre-teen granddaughters will want one, for sure! So, I’ll just have to add this book to my library!

  74. What an outstanding book filled with everything under the sun to enjoy! Thanks Wendy for the generous opportunity to win a copy! :o)

  75. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to win this book. JMCO is one of the reasons I love knitting toe-up socks. Katyps

  76. I can’t wait to see this book! So excited!
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  77. What a great cast on! Pick me!

  78. I’ll definitely have to add this book to my library. It looks amazing.

  79. I love Judy’s Magic Cast-on! About time she got her own book, and I’d love to own a copy.

  80. Winter! Socks!

  81. Sounds like a great book and would love to have it. I have several of your books. I like to make socks,and it is a good traveling kniting project.

  82. Sock scarf? Wild!

  83. One for my to-buy if I don’t get very, very, very lucky here.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
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  84. One word. WOW!

  85. Yes please!

  86. I would love to have this book. Using Judys cast on for other projects sounds perfect.

  87. Would love to be the fortunate recipient of a signed copy of Judy’s book. It would be a nice companion to the book you autographed for me.

  88. Looks like a book that needs to be in my library. Hope I get picked.

  89. Love Judy’s Magic Cast On…use it pretty much every time!

  90. I love JMCO but I confess that I never thought about using it for anything other than toes!

  91. This looks like a wonderful book to have. Thanks for the chance to win!

  92. Looks like a great book! I wouldn’t have thought about using Judy’s Magic Cast on anything except socks. The sock scarf is a hoot!

  93. One way or another

    Truth be known, I’d love to win this copy!

    What say, Lucy ? ? ? ? You’re my lucky kitty.

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  94. NANCY WENBERG says:

    Looks like a great book. The patterns look amazing and the sock scarf is beyond amazing. I would very much like a copy of this book.

  95. Lucy has it right – Autumn is cat bed season.

  96. OK…I think I require this book!

  97. Elizabeth H. says:

    Beyond Toes – pick me!

  98. Judy and you have saved my “sock life” by instigating the “toe-up” version. I really think I would have gotten sick of always doing socks from the top down. Anyway….I’d love a copy of her book.

  99. Wow! Looks absolutely amasing!

  100. Like I need something to distract me from the baby blanket I’m knitting with Baby Ull (it may get the axe soon . . .), but I’d be grateful if you’d pick me!! Thanks for sharing!