Friday, October 27, 2006

Braided Cast on

Braided cast on:
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I love this cast on; it creates a lovely braided effect that is stunning on mittens or hats. It's perfect for two colour knitting, no need to fumble to add the second colour, it's already there! And it sets up your stitches perfectly for corrugated ribbing!

The site where I originally learned this technique did a terrible job at explaining it, and it took me forever to figure it out. I decided to make a better set of instructions after several people asked me how I did it.



**This cast on uses a modified version of the long tail cast on**
Tutorials can be found here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/ (video)
Or here: http://www.butlercountryknit.com/longtail.pdf (PDF)
Or here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/FEATsum05TT.html (scroll down)

Step 1:
Make a slip knot using two colours of yarn held together, place the knot on your needle. Hold the free ends out of the way.
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Step 2:
Hold the yarn colour at the top side of the needle (green) around the front and then back of your thumb, with the tail hanging down the palm of your hand.
Hold the colour at the bottom end of your needle (red) around the front and then back of your index finger, with the tail hanging down the palm of your hand.
Hold the tails out of your way using the other three fingers of your hand.
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Step 3:
Put the needle under and up through the palm side yarn coming from around your thumb, grab the front yarn going around your index finger and pull it through.
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Step 4:
Release the yarn from around your thumb and tug at both yarns to snug the loop around the needle.
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Step 5:
Move the index finger (red) yarn OVER the thumb (green) yarn and place on your thumb; place the other (green) yarn around your finger as before. (Always move the top (finger) yarn OVER the bottom (thumb) yarn to create the braided effect)
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Repeat step 3-5 until as many stitches as needed are cast on.
Your yarn will begin to twist after a few stitches are made, don't worry, this is normal, just ignore it, or stop periodically and let your needle hang to untwist the working yarns.
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If you have any questions or if anything is unclear, let me know and I'll try to explain better.
Enjoy!
:D

5 comments:

Heather said...

I just started knitting about a month ago, and I am crazy. I saw this online when I was first learning how to cast on, and I was immediately in love with the effect. Thank you so much for explaining it so clearly! I can already do it, and it makes my knitting look like I've been at it for years! This is fantastic! ^_^

Having a Knit Fitt said...

Thought you might like to know that over at Ravelry on the Malabrigo Junkies forum we are having a March is for Malabrigo Herringbone Mittens with Poms KAL. Someone posted a link to this tutorial and several of us are using it. Thanks for such clear instructions!

Abigail said...

knitt fitt -

oh wow, that is so cool!
I'm flattered! than you!

Gatsbykat said...

This is fantastic! Very clear! Thank you so much.

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