- Moebius cast on
When knitting a Moebius, use the Moebius cast-on. Otherwise you will end up with a faux moebius. Find Cat Bordhi’s excellent video here.
—added February 23, 2013
- Picot cast on
This results in a very nice border with picots. Try this example.
- Using a cable cast-on or other knit cast-on, cast on 4 stitches.
- Now we are going to begin a 5-stitch picot. Cast on 5 more stitches. Bind off 5 stitches. (Try the modified conventional bind-off; once learned, it is faster.) Slip the stitch from the right- to the lefthand needle by inserting the lefthand needle in the stitch from front to back.
You now have 4 stitches.
- *Cast on 9 stitches (4 stitches plus the 5 stitches for the picot). Bind off 5 stitches. Slip the stitch from the right- to the lefthand needle by inserting the lefthand needle in the stitch from front to back. You have just added 4 stitches to the total cast on.*
- Repeat between * * until you have 4 stitches less than the total desired.
- Cast on 4 stitches.
—added November 8, 2011 from Lucy Neatby’s Knitting Gems
- Provisional cast on
This is one of the easiest provisional cast ons I have found. Also, it can also be used if you want the cast on edge to match a conventionally bound off edge.
- Using a smooth yarn in a contrasting color, make a slip knot and place it on a crochet hook the same size as the needles. (Figure 1)
- With yarn in back of the knitting needle, bring the hook over the top of the needle (Figure 2), catch the yarn and pull it through the loop on the hook. (Figure 3) Repeat this step until the number of stitches desired has been cast on.
Step 3: Chain a few stitches. Cut the yarn and pull through the last chained stitch. When you are ready to unravel the waste yarn, this will be the end that you gently pull to remove the waste yarn.
- Fiigure 4 shows the completed cast on.
—added December 1, 2011 from Lucy Neatby’s Knitting Gems 4
- Finishing by pulling the yarn through live stitches
Often, at the tips of mittens or on sock toes, the yarn has to be pulled through live stitches, pulled snug and fastened off. If you are working in the round, simply continue in the round, pulling the yarn through beginning with the first stitches in the round (not the last stitch worked). If you are working on 2 needles, slip the stitches to the second needle and then pull the yarn through, in effect
“working around.” The finishing will be a little smoother.
—added December 4, 2012