Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Casting on Without a Knot

I used to start all my cast  on rows with a slip knot. That little knot always irritated me when it came time to do the finishing. Sometimes it gave the corner a slight unevenness, or I had to adjust how I executed my mattress stitch to work around the bump the knot created. Sometimes it was just because I could feel the little hard knot it created. In a bulky yarn it was worse because it was bigger and in lace weight it was occasionally more visible depending on the stitch pattern I was using.

Set up the same as for long tail cast on.
 
I now use a simple twist in the yarn. When doing a long tail cast on I make the first stitch as a loop and then carry on in the usual way. When I'm using the cable cast on I make the loop, move the needle to my left hand and then continue working in the same way that I would if it was a slip knot. Once the first stitch is completed it holds the knot-less loop in place.

Place the needle facing down behind the strand of yarn.

Turn the needle up allowing the yarn to twist around the needle.


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4 comments:

  1. This is a great tip. I've been doing the cast-on this way for a few years now and it is so much nicer. No more pesky knot-bumps at the beginning.

    You have a great blog here!

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  2. Do you turn the needle one full turn?

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    1. It is a 180 degree turn not a 360 degree turn. I would say the turn is a diametrically opposed turn as compared to a full circle turn back to the starting point. Does that clarify? It is hard to describe movement isn't it?

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  3. Yes it is. I will give it a shot. It is easier I think with the materials in hand than trying to just picture it in my head.

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