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April 11, 2005

Cast On

I have been hand knitting for about 5 years. Before that I used an Incredible Sweater Machine (ISM), which has been replaced by the "Ultimate" Sweater Machine

On an ISM e-mail list, I made a friend in Arizona. I quickly became her lemming. She has led me on adventures of spinning, hand knitting,weaving, soap making, and who knows what next.

I learned each of these things from her e-mail and telephone instruction, videos, books, and online sources. Some skills came naturally, others through great gnashing of teeth.

Yesterday, Katy-Kathleen answered an Interview Meme. She commented that she figured out how to long tail cast on in a dream one night. That inspired me! Long tail cast on was one of the gnashings I gave up on, remanding myself to (as Katy calls it) "Kindergarten Cast On" for each of my projects.

Last night, I experienced one of those Too Tired and CRANKY to Sleep nights. So I dug out my Big Book of Knitting and practiced the technique until I finally wrapped my brain around it!
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Now I'm wondering, which cast on do most knitters use? Is long tail cast on better for certain projects than others? Is there even a place for Kindergarten Cast On in knitting? If not, why do they teach it in the first place? And finally, how much yarn do you allow for the tail? The Big Book says about 3/4" for each stitch to be cast on. For a large economy size sweater to fit me, I'd have to pull out more than would seem manageable.

Posted by Angi at April 11, 2005 04:59 PM


I usually do a long tail cast on. It is what I learned first. Mom must have made a game of it as I was but 3 or 4 yrs old.

By Kindergarten cast on do you mean knitting on?

On the way back from FL on Saturday I taught myself how to do a crochet cast on over a needle for a pair of socks.

Mariah taught herself how to cast on and I'm afraid to ask her to show me as she might take it the wrong way. As long as it works I'm not going to bother her about it.

Can'[t wait to see your mother daughter outfits

Posted by: Viki at April 11, 2005 06:40 PM

I use a variety of cast on methods, although the one I use the most is the knitting on method. But then there's the twisted purl cast on, the crochet cast on, the cable cast on...and on and on. I keep forgetting how to do the long tail cast on, so that's one I use infrequently.

Posted by: Teri at April 11, 2005 10:09 PM

Thank you Angi. It has been fun exchanging ideas with you. I also have learned a lot.
I guess what cast on is called the knitting cast on.

Your friendship is highly valued by me

Posted by: Marian at April 12, 2005 02:18 AM