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!