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For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
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For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
May 29, 2011 at 3:18:29 PM
 
For those of you who are technique junkies like me, we've added a new video, the "K1 P1 Cast On" to the Multimedia area.  This is a very interesting technique!

To view the video, select "learn" from the menu bar, "multimedia," "Member Suggested" and then "Knitting."  The top choice is the "K1 P1 Cast On" video.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!  Do you think this technique is useful, or one of those that's more "interesting, but something I'll probably never use"?

Personally, I think this would be a wonderful technique to start ribbing.  It looks so nice and elastic, which is where the traditional cast on has always disappointed me...I generally use a needle two sizes larger than the one for knitting the project, so as to keep the cast on row loose, but loose does not elasticity make, unfortunately.  The next time I start something with ribbing, I'm going to try this technique.  Smiley

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aMusedToo message #2
Re: For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
October 23, 2012 at 11:34:31 PM  (in response to beadmaster message #1)
 
Great demonstration!

I recently purchased the book, 'Cast On, Bind Off' specifically because I want to learn all the ways people have figured out to begin and end their work.

It makes a difference, sometimes a big one, what method you choose for a project.

I would definitely try this out.  I wonder if it can be adapted for 'knit2, purl2' ribbing? 


 
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Re: For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
October 24, 2012 at 1:24:24 PM  (in response to aMusedToo message #2)
 
aMusedToo (great name!),

I agree...it can make a huge difference to choose the right method for what you're doing.  Casting on is such an important thing, because it forms the basis of your entire project, and if you don't have the right "feel" for it, it can throw everything off.  Sad  As I discovered a long time ago, as a beginning knitter, thinking "I'll go back and loosen/tighten that cast on later on" definitely doesn't work.  Once you've gone beyond that cast on, the only way to remedy problems is to tear it all back or (more likely) out completely.  Sad

I'd love to hear about that book...it sounds like excellent reference!  Smiley

As for your question of whether or not it would work for k2, p2 ribbing, IMO, it would.  Instead of casting on every other stitch as a knit or a purl, I would think just doing the cast on as if you were k2, p2 ribbing would do the trick.  Smiley  (Sorry, I'm sure that sounds as clear as mud! Sad )  In other words, I don't see anything that indicates it wouldn't work...but I'm anxious to try it out now - what a great question!  Smiley

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aMusedToo message #4
Re: For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
October 28, 2012 at 11:37:14 PM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #3)
 
Sorry, I haven't replied sooner.  I forgot to check this post.

Here is a link to the book.  

http://www.amazon.com/Cast-On-Bind-Off-Knitting/dp/1604680857/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351484898&sr=8-2&keywords=Knit+on+cast+off

Although you can find all this information in various places online, I like having a reference book at my fingertips.  

It not only has any cast on or bind off you could ever need, it also lists similar looking pairings so that the cast on and bind off style matches in your knitting, if that matters in your piece, and it tells the various pros and cons to each type of technique.  Which ones are stretchy vs firm, etc.
The book is spiral bound, which is also nice.  I only wish it were smaller so that it would fit nicely into a knitting bag since it is the type of book that would be handy to have at your fingertips when knitting.




 
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Re: For technique junkies - new video in Multimedia area
October 29, 2012 at 4:10:28 AM  (in response to aMusedToo message #4)
 
Thank you so much for the link!  Now this book is a definite must-have!  I agree...as easy as it is to look up things online, it's nice to have a handy reference all in one spot.  Smiley

I also like to know everything possible about the different techniques.  Having started out with the long-tail cast on when I first learned knitting, I didn't even know back then that there were other ways of casting on.  I actually like the speed of the long-tail cast on, but much prefer the look of other techniques, such as the cable cast on.  (Can't say that I've used the long-tail cast on at all in many years!)

Spiral bound is nice for a craft-related book!  It's often so hard to get those regular bound books to sit flat when working from them.  I'm working from a certain beading book right now, and it's refusing to lay flat!

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