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Neighborhood Knits ~ October 15, 2023

  • 10/15/2023
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Fitchburg Public Library
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Please join us for a Neighborhood Knits session.

When:  Sunday, October 15 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Location:  Fitchburg Public Library

                 2nd Floor Conference Room

                 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, WI

Course Name: Useful cast on and cast off techniques

Instructor:  Barbara Rottman


Old Norwegian (aka Twisted German) Cast on is an ideal choice for ribbing. It is also stretchy enough for hats and cuffs on top down socks. We will also demonstrate a matching cast off that is useful for scarves and neck edges.

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. Learn a stretchy lace cast off to match.

Learn Emily Ocker’s circular cast on. It is useful for shawls, bags, and toys.

A simple provisional crochet chain 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. Cap Sease’s book, Cast On, Bind Off is an excellent resource.

Required advance work: none

Experience level required: none

Send questions to Nancy and Jane at education@madisonknittersguild.com

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