What's your favourite Cast-on?

August 19, 2012 1 Comment

Today I am starting the Grayscaled Cables fingerless mittens as part of this month's knit-along with Imperial Yarns.  I have my yarn wound (IY's Columbia in Tufted Primrose), my 5.5mm DPNS, and the pattern all ready to go.

So I pull out the pattern, read the first line, and... hold on.  What's a purlwise long-tail cast on?  This is why I love the internet - one quick search, a view or two of this video, and I'm off to the races with a brand new (to me!) cast-on.   Yes, I could've just used my standard Cable Cast-on, but why not take advantage of a new pattern to learn a new technique or two.  Besides, I know a lot of people prefer the long tail cast on, so the least I can do is try it out once in a while! :)


So here we go... CO 4 stitches with the purlwise long tail method, 8 with the regular long tail, and the next bunch purlwise...  Wait - that's not right - excuse me while I go watch that video again!  :)





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August 26, 2012

I watched the video for the purl sling shot long-tail cast-on which is a good video, but there is a far easier way to work this cast-on with exactly the same effect.

The Thumb Long-tail Cast-on does not require the slingshot configuration that challenges many knitters. It uses the same motions as knit and purl.
It starts the same way with a slip knot on one needle. Yarn from the ball is held in the right hand at the back of the needle and yarn from the tail is held in the left hand at the front. To work a knit stitch, hold the needle in your right hand as for knitting, holding the tail strand in your left hand, wrap the tail strand around your thumb by bringing your thumb down from the top and back of the strand to form a loop on your thumb. Insert the tip of the needle into the loop around your thumb from the bottom pointing up and wrap the strand from the ball in your right hand around the needle, move your thumb over the tip of the needle to complete the stitch, pull tail of yarn to tighten. Looks like knitting doesn’t it?

To work a purl cast on, bring the yarn in your right hand to the FRONT of the needle, loop the tail strand around your thumb, insert the tip of the needle into the loop around your thumb from the TOP POINTING DOWN, wrap the strand from the ball in your right hand around the needle, move your thumb over the tip of the needle to complete the stitch, pull tail of yarn to tighten. Purl stitch formed.

The loop on the thumb is worked like the stitch on the left needle as on the second and subsequent rows of knitting.

Quick and easy to do, and easy to teach.

Happy Knitting

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