How to do a Cast On in the Middle of your WorkBack to Search
|Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009|
|Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2021|
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How to do a Cast On in the Middle of your Work
Jeanne shows us a couple of ways to cast-on stitches at the end of or in the middle of your work. Sometimes a pattern calls for adding more stitches on the the edge of the work for a border or in the middle for buttonholes and underarms after we've taken some stitches off our needles.
There are a couple of ways to accomplish casting on in the middle of your work. One method is a backwards loop cast-on which is the most basic of all cast-ons but tends to be loose and doesn't work well for larger numbers of stitches.
Another method that Jeanne likes better because it makes a nicer edge is the knitted cast-on.
To do a knitted cast-on:
With this cast-on you really don't have to remove your right-hand needle from the last stitch created, simply maneuver it into place to make the next stitch and begin again. You'll see how to do this as you get the hang of making the stitches.
To do a backward loop cast-on:
Make a loop, either with your fingers or around your thumb and slip it onto your needle with the working yarn side of the loop going onto the needle first. If you have ever done macrame this would be the same as if you were making a half hitch. It's usually the first cast-on children learn because it's so simple.
The reason most knitters dislike the backward loop is that when you're knitting your first row, the bit of yarn between your needles gets longer and longer. By the time you get to the end of a large number of stitch you've worn out your yarn and may have a large loop left.
On the other hand it is an excellent cast-on for buttonholes or other times when you don't need a lot of stitches!
Practice and find out which you prefer and have fun!
Posted by Doug of Jimmy Beans Wool
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