Casting On

Ok, so casting on..there seem to be a myriad of ways to do this.

How many do I use? erm, just the same old one that I was taught as a kid.

It’s the Cable Cast-On. Apparently, it should only be used for certain types of knitting but, I have always used it for everything.

Until a little while ago, I didn’t even know there was more than one way to cast-on..should I have known? Does that make me a bad knitter?

It would explain why my shawls are always tight along the cast-on edge…hmmm…

What does everybody else do? Do you stick with the one you know or do you use all the different ones depending on your project?

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12 Responses to Casting On

  1. Elle says:

    I use the Twisted German cast-on for socks, and anything that needs a stretchy cast on. Otherwise I will just use a long-tail cast-on, unless it specifies in the pattern. My mum didn’t know there was anything other than the knitted cast-on until I taught her some others!

  2. AlpacaAddict says:

    I have mostly used the knit cast on, which is very similar to your cable cast on. Apparently my mother uses the cable cast on, so I “invented” the knit cast on myself.

    But now I have found out how to do the cable cast on properly, so I do use it.

    I know there are other methods – thumb, long tail, tubular, etc., but I stick to the one I know, unless it really doesn’t look good.

  3. Undercover Owl says:

    I like to use the backward loop method for pretty much everything.
    It’s not the way my Mum taught me(make a loop, knit into it & put the stitch on the needle, then knit into the new stitch, repeat.) It’s easy and quick and probably a bit lazy, but it works for me.
    I say use whatever method works for you. When/if you feel you need to learn a new technique for a particular project, go for it.

    • Aha, your Mum taught you the Cable Cast-On as did mine who learnt it from her Mum and so on back through the generations.

      I wonder if they even knew there were other ways to cast-on back then…
      I’m going to try the Backward Loop on some stash and see how it feels. I may even try a few of the different ones and see how they feel.

  4. ambermoggie says:

    knitted (cable) or if socks then stretchy cast on pushing stitch along a little to make gap before next one, or sometimes cast on double stitches then knit 2 tog on first row

  5. Kimberly says:

    I stick with the one I know. It’s a long tail cast on. I’m learning more though just to expand my knowledge.

  6. Rosanne Derrett says:

    Thumb cast on is the only one I’ve ever mastered and I don’t get a tight edge for some reason.

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