Which is the best way to cast-on for knitting?
The long-tail cast-on method is probably the most popular among experienced knitters. It does take a bit of practice to get this method down, but once you understand what you’re doing it’s quick and easy to get stitches on the needle. Uses: The long-tail cast-on also counts as a row of knitting, which is nice.
What is the best cast on for ribbing?
The alternating cable cast on is also quite stretchy, making it nicely suited for ribbing. In fact, I sometimes refer to it as my “ribbing cast on”! While this cast on is more advanced than a long tail cast on, it’s a great technique to use for hats, mittens, socks and sweater sleeves.
How long does it take to cast your knitting tail?
Convert to inches (1” per 2.54cm) and you’ve got roughly 10” minimum for the tail to cast on. Add a few more inches so that you’ll have yarn to hold on to at the end; four to five inches should do it. Try it yourself!
Do you cast on the first row of knitting?
The cast on itself is not counted, however, some cast on methods create both a cast on and a knitted row. For example, the most popular cast on, the long tail method, creates both a cast on and a knitted row. So in this case, you would count that as the first row.
What is the advantage of casting on thumb method?
The advantages of the thumb cast on: It creates a stretchy cast on and therefore is suitable for garments that need give e.g. sock and mitt cuffs (a revelation for me as hinted at in the introduction above!) It is simple to do in the middle of your knitting as you continue to work in the same direction.
Why use thumb method of casting on?
Casting on with your thumb is a fast way of working a long-tail cast-on, perfect for yarn with a firm twist. This method follows the knitted cast-on method, but uses a thumb instead of one needle. It’s faster than working with two needles, hence its popularity!
What is the advantage of long tail cast on?
The long tail cast on serves to cast on stitches onto the needles and it results in a very flexible rim. It works well in projects where you knit in stockinette stitch or rib stitch at the beginning. In addition, it results in a rim that is both consistent and beautiful.