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Neighborhood Knits - Cast On & Cast Off Techniques

  • 12/12/2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, WI
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Cast On & Cast Off Techniques


Provisional Cast on:  useful when you want to add a border after finishing a piece or when you want to start your work and decide on a finish later. The cast on is temporary and is removed to add a border or graft two pieces of knitting together. It is often used when adding a lace border to a shawl or scarf.  In situations where you are unsure of the amount of yarn you need or when you want to add a contrasting border, provisional cast on is a handy tool. A provisional cast on also allows you to have perfect symmetry in a scarf. Learn a stretchy lace cast off to give your lace edge a perfect finish.

Simple provisional and crochet chain provisional cast on will be covered.

Chinese Waitress Cast on and matching cast off:  This is a version of cable cast on. It is very effective with 1 x 1 ribbing, casting on stitches in the middle of a row as in a thumb gusset, and for casting on large numbers of stitches.  This beautiful cast on looks the same on both sides of the knitting. A matching cast off technique will also be covered.

I-cord cast on:   For a neat bound edge on, for example a baby blanket, start with I-cord cast-on, use a knit-in I-cord selvage and bind off with I-cord.  

Picot cast off.  This cast off technique is often used on lace and baby garments.  It takes a bit of time to work across a long edge, but creates a lovely scalloped edge.

Necessary materials:

1 set US size 8 - 10 knitting needles (single point or circular),

1 set US size 6 – 9 double pointed needles (should be smaller than other needles),

size G or larger crochet hook,

Worsted or Aran weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors,

paper and pen for notes. 

If you happen to have a technique book with cast on instructions, you may want to bring along so that you can reference with class notes.

Required advance work: none  

Experience level required: class appropriate for absolute beginning knitters 

Instructor: Barbara Rottman

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