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Casting on – the “Geek” factor


There are some techniques in knitting that ‘geek you out’ the moment you discover them.

The first time I turned a sock heel was definitely one of those times.  Thinking about it though, the thing that ‘gets’ me most is all the various ways that you can cast-on.

The first time I tried Judy’s Magic Cast-on was one of those ‘geek’ moments.  The long-tail cast-on was an early favourite.

Today, I started a soft toy project for my long-suffering Eric (he has been waiting for it for a long time), and decided I would try the Turkish cast-on.

I did a quick Google search and came up with a couple of video tutorials to watch.  It’s similar to Judy’s but to me, much easier.  I found this You Tube tutorial extremely helpful and clear.

Several minutes later:

Yay! One toy base all ready to go!

That’s the great thing about knitting – there’s always something new to learn.

Another method that looks interesting is the Moebius, recently talked about by the lovely Evelyn.

I’m also thinking it’s about time I learned the tubular cast-on.  Just watching Eunny Jang’s tutorial sent excited shivers down my spine!  It gives a beautiful professionally finished look to hems and cuffs, with no visible cast-on.  One of my pet hates is the look of the cast-on edge of my jumpers and hats, so this might be the thing that fixes it!

In the meantime, I’m adding the Turkish cast-on to my arsenal of favourite techniques.

Which techniques do you love and use all the time?


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6 thoughts on “Casting on – the “Geek” factor

  1. Thanks for the video link. I will use this one now for all the times I need a no show cast on. I love tubular!!! I even enjoy doing a tubular cast off to duplicate the look at the other end. Isn’t knitting fun???!!!

  2. Oh yes, it’s wonderful, and it exactly matches a tubular cast on. I love the combination for fingerless mitts and anything where you have a cast on and cast off edge in close proximity. Such is my love that I’m about to pull out a day and a half’s worth of knitting to replace an inferior, other cast on with the tubular version.

    The venerable tech knitter has a post on it, of course!

  3. Indeed, once you’ve gone tubular you’ll never go back! Try it for 2×2 rib WITHOUT a cable needle – Ysolda has a very good tutorial at . Enjoy!

  4. Excellent tutorials! Thank you for the links – and yes, there’s always something to learn with knitting. Have a great day!

  5. Wonderful! I have tried it once before but then I completely forgot about it until now. Must get practising!