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I love the Resilient Cast On.
I was using it consistently until I started a few projects with a large number of cast on stitches. It starts with a third more stitches, which made it hard to fit all the stitches on the needle and meant I was casting on forever and ever.
This is the project that broke me. It’s a take off on the Estrellita Hat Pattern.
A blanket this size has 1,200 working stitches, but the Resilient Cast On turned that into 1,600 cast on stitches. Too much, even for me. I’ve now knit a more reasonable size and it will be added to the hat pattern after the holidays.
Start with the Alternating Long-Tail Cast On
We mentioned alternating long-tail cast on when we announced the Showy Rib. It’s something I’ve been doing for years and some others have too. The standard long-tail cast on mimics the knit stitch. By reversing the flow, you can create a purl stitch. This cast on alternates a knit cast on with a purl cast on. It’s great for leading into a rib and offers more flexibility. Take a look at how they differ.
The Woven Cast On
Many of our Nuances are small tweaks and this one is no exception.
The Woven Cast On simply adds an extra strand of yarn to the tail, but the impact is fabulous.
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Here’s a two-page photo tutorial for the Woven Cast On.
Where Will You Use This Cast On?
I use it pretty much everywhere, but stretchy edges are perfect like hat brims, of course, and what about socks?
“Socks? I haven’t seen you publish any sock patterns yet!”
Not yet, soon. How could I not do socks when I’m so into knit edges and fabulous ribs? These socks use the Woven Cast On, Showy 1×1 Rib and Manchester Scarf pattern.
Woven Cast On Set Up
Once you’ve tried the alternating long-tail cast on, the Woven version is just a matter of setting up your tail. The tail here is ultra short so I could photograph it.
Easier Set Up: If you have 2 balls of the same color (this cast on does not look good in 2 colors) you can use 1 strand from one ball and grab 2 strands (inside and out) from the other. Knitting a sweater? Use 3 balls. Then there’s no need to measure and fold the tail (great benefit!). Make a temporary slip knot and begin with a ‘normal’ cast on (1 strand on needle). Once you’re done casting on, cut the extra strands and keep knitting. You will have an extra tail or two to weave in later.
It’s easy to cast on and count the woven version since you can see the double strand and know what to do next. Each group of 3 strands counts as 2 stitches. Do not count the slip stitch, you will remove it later.
The Next Row
The Cast On is a right side row (RS). The first row (WS) is worked in an alternating knit/purl pattern to create the woven look. Note: If you are knitting in the round, the first two rows are knit before joining so the instructions are the same as flat.
The edge will want to fold over if you transition directly into stockinette. It blocks flat, but I would still recommend a few rows of seed or rib.
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A Few More Pictures
So there you go, a super easy cast on that’s more interesting and more flexible than your standard long tail cast on. And you do not have to ‘cast on loosely’ either. You’ll find it’s perfect for all of your edges. I hope you’ll give it a try and send me some photos.
Looking for a similar bind off? Take a look at our Knotted Bind Off. It’s not a perfect match but is pretty close.