gauge x foot measurement = number of stitches to cast on.
In my case, 8x8=64. I will cast on 64 stitches.
Since we are doing a ribbed leg, just make sure your number of stitches is divisible by 4 and then the K2P2 pattern will be accommodated. If your number is not divisible by four, just add or subtract a stitch or two until it is.
Go ahead and cast on. Use either the long-tail cast on or the cable cast-on for a firm edge that will also have a little flex to it. Divide the stitches onto 3 needles, be careful not to twist any, and join. (I always cast on one extra stitch when I knit in the round. Then I take the last stitch from the right-hand needle, slip it to the left needle and I knit the first two stitches together. It helps make the join a little neater.)
Work in a K2P2 rib for a few inches.
More to follow tomorrow.
Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.