Thursday, October 03, 2013

More Cast Ons

and bind offs.. Or rather one new cast on and bind off.

Actually this isn't a new cast on.. It's one that has been on my web page since the start.

Back then, it came with a video. Then the video was deleted by the owner. I left the stub, and then yesterday added a link to a non video tutorial.

The cast on is a 2 needle version ofthe long tail. But it's not a long tail worked OVER 2 needles held together (a process that doesn't do much except make Row zero oversized) —instead, it's a Long tail cast on where each part –the thumb loop (cast on base) and the index loop (Row zero stitch) are each placed on a needle—The second needle prevents the cast on base from being pulled to snug—and it is the a snug base that makes a long tail cast on Unstretchy.  To further the ease, this variation of the long tail has an extra twist. And twists, that use up more yarn—always make a cast on stretchier.

To start, you need 2 needles. One, the desired needle –in my case, a bone needle, size US8/5mm, and a second needle, significantly smaller. I used a size US 4/3.5mm, but I think I could have used a needle as small as a size US2/2.50 or 2.75mm one. Here is a place for you to try out and swatch and find the sizes that work best for you. 

The video PRESUMES you already know how to work a long tail cast on—If you don't-- learn basic long tail first. It is demo'd using a sling shot version of the long tail, but it wouldn't be hard to convert to English/thumb version –well-- maybe the last step of rotate will be a bit awkward.

I don't knit well with a right hand yarn hold, and while its easy to visualize the long tail part (and easy to see how dividing the two loop onto 2 different needles is done), visualize the twist is a bit harder. If you try it, please let me know how it works.

After the cast on I worked some ribbing, and then followed up with a new version of the standard bind off.. One worked “out of order”--another version of the Icelandic bind off. One that is easier to do—or rather one that I THINK is easier to do.

It's pretty simple bind off: K1, *slip 1, Pass the knit one over the slipped one. Return the slipped stitch to left hand needle and work it (knit ) --repeat from the *.

A very small change in process, a huge change in appearance.

My video demo is done on a swatch worked in ribbing. And as you can see in the image to the left, it doesn't work well in ribbing. It leaves the ribbing stretched out of shape, but the bind off is a super stretchy one, and could work well on toe up socks—The bind off might look a bit stretched out when not on--but on, it would look fine. It might also be good as a bind off on a cowl collar--where you want the collar to spread out at the bind off edge. --

But worked on stocking knit? (or perhaps garter) it creates a bind off that closely (not perfectly, but very closely) matches the 2 needle Long tail cast on. It results in both a bind off and cast on that are stretchier than the knitting.

Both of the videos are available on my YouTube channel, with links to the videos already added to my web page collection, and they have been added to the list of matching cast on and bind offs, as well.  So they are easy to find.

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