long tail cast on

Cast on for Ribbing

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Eunny Jang from Knitting Daily shows how to cast on for ribbing that looks good on both sides. I had seen this before, but then lost the source and couldn’t quite remember how to do it–which is strange, because it’s so easy! I have to plead middle-aged memory again. This is one of those subtle techniques that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but adds a more polished look to the finished garment.

Have I Been Doing It Wrong All These Years?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Watch this video by Berocco on casting on. Watch the long tail cast on closely. Is this how you do it? After scooping the thumb yarn, I have always brought my needle over the top of the index finger yarn (clockwise) and though the thumb loop. In this video the narrator brings her needle under and over the top (counterclockwise) of the index finger yarn. I tried this a few times and think the difference is the way the loop way gives the stitch the proper twist. I am still working swatches to see if they look any different.

The Berocco videos, by the way, are terrific. You can get on their mailing list and get notified every time there’s a new one.


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