Friday, April 18, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Combined.

One thing I love about my apartment (which is in a co-op, and I own) is it keeps on increasing in value Partly this is because the co-op keeps not just maintaining, but renovating the buildings, and partly because the owners are doing the same to their apartments. When I moved in, I redid the kitchen –a total renovation, and redid the main “great room” (my living room, dining room and computer room are one continuous space--) and added new flooring, built ins, and a new coat of paint.

The other part of the equation is all the exterior maintenance—New lobby's, lots of exterior work (bricks re-pointed, terraces upgraded, huge chunks of side walks replaced) and with these improvements, lots of noise.

My neighbor to the right and my neighbor to the left have done major renovations (new kitchens, new baths, and removal of non-load bearing walls!) So have my neighbors above and below me.

At times it seems like endless noise from contractors! All these project interrupt me making videos, (I work in my living room, not in a studio.) --The noise is now at a lull—so I hope to get some new videos made.

In the past few weeks, there have been several post about working Cast Ons in ribbing.
These are a perennial new topic! There are several methods for doing cast ons in ribbing. This is the first (made, but not really the first of the series) of videos showing how to cast on in ribbing.

A short list of cast ons that can be worked in ribbing includes:
Knit cast on (worked as a knit and purl cast on) this method is suitable for 1 X 1 or any ribbing patterning

Cable cast on (again worked as a knit and purl cast on) Also suitable for 1 X 1 or any ribbing pattern.

The simple cast on –with the same qualities as above.

The forward and reverse Long tail cast on –another cast on that can be worked in any rib pattern

All of the above cast ons are suitable for any ribbing variations, 1 X 1, 2 X 2, or even uneven cast ons like 3 X 1, or 5 X 1)

The Chinese Long tail cast on—which is already a hybrid cast on (using 1 long tail cast on stitch and one half stitch) is another that can be readily adapted to 1 by 1 ribbing. This cast on sort of looks like a tubular cast on, but is MUCH easier to do.

The Open/Closed Cast On (aka the Estonian cast on)--yet another version of long tail, is a cast on that is suitable for 1 X 1, or 2 X 2 ribbing. I suspect it would work with any multiple of 2 (4 X 2, 4 X 4, etc)--though I haven't tried them all out. It is not suitable for uneven cast ons like 3 X 1, or 5 X 1.

The tubular cast on belongs on this list, too. I think this cast on is only suitable for 1 by 1 ribbing, but people have used it for 2 by 2. I don't like it for 2 by 2, and don't teach this. (It's MY web page and blog, and you get MY opinion!)

And there are the special long tail cast ons..
The twisted cast on (aka Norwegian or German twisted) which have a twisted stitch in the base row, and is one of the stretchier cast ons, or the Austrian cast on, which has a twisted stitch in row zero..

Let me take some time now and explain row zero. A long tail cast on has 2 parts the thumb loop and the index finger loop. The thumb loop is a simple cast on stitch. The index finger loop is similar to worked row. But this row is never counted! It's row zero.

Some knitters don't like a long tail cast on because, as its worked, the cast on creates a row of knits on the front of the work. Turn the work to start knitting, Row 1, and these knits (row zero) look like purls—and if you are starting in stocking knit, (or other stitch patterns,) you might not want to start with a row purl.

All of the long tail variations that are suitable for ribbing DON'T make the same set of purls on the wrong side. Or perhaps, more accurately, they make some purls, and some knits (ribs!) on row zero.

In addition to all the many long tail variations, you can mix and match elements—to create totally new cast ons—It's something like the old Chinese restaurant menu system—take 1 from column A, and 1 from column B—and make your own combos.

Take the Twisted long tail with a twisted base stitch—this can be alternated with a standard base.. or with a reverse base, or with a standard base, but Austrian (twisted)long tail for twisted stitches in row zero.

There is no rule that says you can't cast on 1 or 2 or any number of stitches in style 1, and then cast on some more stitches in style 2. YOU have the ability to customize your cast ons. You can fine tune the details and get just the effect you want!

So—(out of order!) is a new video—one that features a Austrian long tail cast on with a half stitch that is characteristic of Chinese long tail, to make a cast on that is ribbed (1 X 1 ribbing) and the ribbing is made up of twisted stitches—starting from row zero. Like the Chinese long tail, it looks similar to a tubular cast on (one one side) and its a lot easier to do.

My swatch as some mistakes (you can easily see them!) because I prefer to make combo (aka Eastern mount ) purls. --but as I went on, I paid better attention, and got a nice even set of twisted ribs.

If you knit combo (and work all the purls in Eastern mount) or if you knit standard purl, you won't have this unevenness—It only occurs when the stitches are alternated.

A link to this video is also available on my web page, in a new section of Page 1 of the Cast On tutorial called Casting on in ribbing.







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