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Knitted Cast-on Examined November 12, 2014

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Sea Lettuce Scarf in Fiery Fuschia and Scarlet Cat's Pajamas

Sea Lettuce Scarf in Fiery Fuschia and Scarlet Cat’s Pajamas
Knit by Susan Hannah
The picots are made with Knitted Cast On method.

There are a multitude of cast-on methods out there, enough to have several books uniquely devoted to them. I don’t attempt to remember or know all of them.  It’s not necessary.  There are, however,  three basic cast-on workhorses everyone should know about; the others you can look up when the need arises.

The first, the  knitted cast-on,  is the one that I teach to new knitters, as they will get a real stitch, no matter how baggy. Also, the knitting-on action is just like knitting a regular stitch. Even for experienced knitters this method is worthy of closer examination.

Some of the points explored in this video are:

  • Slip knots are ubiquitous in the knitting world, but did you know there are two different ones? The tail adjustable and ball adjustable. Knowing the the difference can be very helpful and can be used to tidy up the baggy first chain of a cast-on edge.
  • Which way do you pass your newly hatched stitches onto the left-hand needle? Sliding the stitch on from the underside speeds up casting on as you don’t need to reposition the right-hand needle for each new stitch.
  • What happens when you drop a stitch back to the cast on edge? This edge remains in tact and the column may easily be rebuilt.
  • What is the structure and appearance of the resulting edge? Knitted cast-on is rather lacy but suits some situations.
  • Existing rows of stitches can be extended with this method. This is used to create the side of row picots that are a feature of the Sea Lettuce Scarf.

I’d love to know: do you use this cast on and where you think it works the best?

BTW:  We do also offer  the Sea Lettuce Scarf in French!

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3 Responses to “Knitted Cast-on Examined”

  1. Hi Lucy, My favourite cast on remains the two stranded European because I learned this first but also see it as gloriously multi-purpose–not too tight, not too loose. I agree completely with using the knitted cast on as the first cast on for beginners–not only is it easier to teach but the new knitter achieves some reasonable success quite quickly, and at the same time learning how the knit stitch is created. I also like to use this cast on for prayer shawls because it’s a nice lacy and non-binding edge. The trick then is to cast off really loosely so as to match this loose edge. Janet

  2. Pattie Says:

    I teach the knitted CO as well. It is easier to knit the first row, and it is practice for knitting. I usually stress that it is one of many ways,


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