Here I Go … Cast On !

Ninnawe.  OK, ladies, I have done the deed.  I cast on my 120 stitches (ok, go look at the size, if you must) and completed 2 inches while watching the Charger football game today.  I used a cable cast on, using size 9 needle, then switched to size 8 (Clover bamboo circulars).  I like the flexibility and look of a cable cast on.   The yarn is  the Nashua Creative Focus Superwash in Raspberry.  So far, so good.

When doing a cable cast on for a flat piece, I do a little weird thing at the beginning.  I first cast on two stitches using the long tail method.  Then I cast on the required number of stitches using the cable cast on.  When knitting back the first row, I drop those first two long-tail cast ons when I get to the end. This makes the cast on edge the same for the whole length of the piece.  My long-tail cast on stitches always look different and are tighter than the cable cast ons, and I don’t want that beginning corner to be tight or odd looking.

I wonder if there is a better way to do this?  Casting on and casting off are definitely weak links in my knitting.

We are driving from Portland ME to Falmouth MA tomorrow (about 4 hours) and I hope to get a lot done on the KAL sweater along the way.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. weknit3tog
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 15:22:04

    I love the cable cast on video and wish I had seen it first because I love the edge it gives to this sweater. I am already 8 inches into the back, however. Next time I will use it.


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