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WINDING CAST-ON I've learnt this is very similar to the Turkish Cast-on with a slightly different set-up but having never used that one, I can't say. This is the recommended cast-on for the #lateralishats - there's a PDF already on my website. What fascinates me most about it is that it's a true opposite to grafting & that never seems to get mentioned anywhere, for any of the relatives of this method. SO: a pair of circular needles a size or two smaller than needed (held stitches can get a little saggy) slip knot onto the top needle then wind your yarn around both needles as shown. If you wind it the other way your stitches will be twisted, so you'll want to work into the backs of the loops on the first row(s). Keep winding until you have all the stitches - in the patterns I designed using this method some only use half of the stitches to start with, some use all - so check what the pattern says. This method is used with flat knitting (unlike the Turkish Cast-on for sock toes?) The slip knit does not become part of the stitches but is a useful anchor if only half of the stitches will be used. Once all the stitches are created, take the needle you'll do the main knitting with & knit into the first row of stitches as directed. Do make sure that as you knit the first stitch the yarn is taken under the lower needle - that ensures you don't lose a stitch. Voila! This method can also be used as a provisional cast-on with waste yarn, & can also be used for directly working in the round but for the #lateralishats it's used flat, & one half of the stitches can be held until later needed. This means you can use it for centre out scarves, or anywhere where you might want to work something that gets grafted in reverse. #learnitwithwoolly #learntoknit #igvideo #instaknit #instatutorial #videoknitting #videotutorial #videoknits #video #woollywormhead #woollywormheadtutorials
CIRCULAR CAST-ON also known as a pinhole cast-on. To achieve this a crochet hook is recommended but you can also use a spare needle. With the yarn tail to your right and working yarn to your left, wrap the tail twice around your fingers as shown, forming a complete loop. Anchor the yarn tail with your other fingers, as it gets in the way & loosens up your stitches if it's not held down! Insert the crochet hook through the loop on your fingers, & pull the working yarn through, leaving it in the hook. Then take the hook over the loop & pick up the working yarn again, & pull it through the loop on the hook - your first stitch has been formed! Repeat this - hook into loop, grab yarn; hook over loop, grab yarn, pull through the loop on the hook - until you have the desired no. of stitches. You're essentially creating the stitches around the loop, & it's the perfect opposite to threading your yarn through the crown stitches & pulling tight on a bottom-up Hat. Once you've worked a few rounds, gently tug on the yarn tail to close the loop - the perfect top-down cast-on. . #learnitwithwoolly #knitvideo #instatutorial #instavideo #woollywormhead #knittechniques #knittech #wwmkal2017 #wwmkal #knitters #knittersofig #knitting #howtoknit
CROCHET PROVISIONAL CAST-ON working the cast on directly onto the needle with a hook, for either a temporary cast-on (to be removed for grafting etc) or as a permanent cast-on. Start with a slip knot on the hook, take the yarn around the *back* of the needle, then take the hook across the front to pick up the yarn and then pull it through the loop on the hook. Keep going until you have enough stitches, always remembering to take the yarn back behind the needle. Simply unravel the cast-on stitch by stitch when you need those kept stitches. For a permanent cast-on, cast on 1st less than required then pop the stitch on the hook onto the needle - voila - a cast-on that perfectly mirrors a standard cast-off! There's more info in the PDF on my website - and the Cast On/Off methods have their own page now 😃 #instatutorial #videoknits #woollywormheadtutorials #knittingtechniques #castoncastoff #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #sidewaysknitsftw
CABLE CAST-ON provides a neat sturdy edge, and just like crochet provisional cast-on it can be used mid-row. It can also be combined with the Alternate Cable Cast-on - my Kernmantle, Bubbles & Bellefleur patterns are examples of this in action. Start with a slip knot and insert the needle behind the stitch. You can work the first stitch into the loop if you're finding it a bit tricky to start. Then continue to to insert the needle *behind* each subsequent stitch, wrapping the yarn as if to knit then pulling the loop through and placing it in the needle. Voila! Yarn very kindly provided by @weareknitters! #instatutorial #castoncastoff #woollywormheadtutorials #instaknit #knittingtechniques #learnitwithwoolly #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram
ALTERNATE CABLE CAST-ON for 1x1 ribbing. Treat your first slip knot as your first purl stitch, then continue to cast on one stitch knit-wise then one stitch purl-wise, alternating between the two, until you have all your stitches (end after a knit-wise stitch for an even number!). Remember to insert your needle *behind* the previous stitch each time, not into it. Work one row flat then join in the round! Magic. #instatutorial #videoknits#woollywormheadtutorials#knittingtutorial#knittingtechniques#castoncastoff#knitstagram#knittersofinstagram#hatknitters
this little video helps demonstrate how the crochet provisional cast on is worked directly onto the needle. You'll want to download the full photo tutorial from my website to go with it. (link in profile). To work this cast on as a main cast on, simply cast on one less stitch than you need then pop that stitch from the hook onto the needle and voila! #igbeanie #knittersofinstagram #hatknitters #woollywormheadtutorials #knittingtutorial