Saturday, April 29, 2006

cast on?

Just one more question. Well, one more for now, anyway. Is there a preferred method of cast-on for lace knitting? Should I use long-tail, cable, knit, etc.? I tend to prefer knit cast on, but will certainly change if one is better than the other for this type of knitting. I wasn't kidding when I said I was knew to lace knitting. Once again, thanks so much for the help.
Sue J.


Blogger fiberfanatic said...

A knit cast on is very good, because it is loose. You want to be able to block this without breaking the yarn.

This is usually not the place for a long-tail cast on, which knits on the first row as you knit. It also tends to be tight.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Uh oh.....I did a long tail cast-on and I'm finishing up my 6th repeat of chart B. It doesn't look too tight to me, so guess it'll be OK.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Jackie E-S said...

Hi there,

If I don't mention a particular cast on in a pattern, I leave it to your choice of doing your favorite. The important thing in casting on for lace (no matter which type of cast on you do) is the distance between the cast on stitches.

So, even if i am using a long-tail cast on for lace (which I often do), I just make sure that the distance between the stitches is wide enough to allow for the stretching during blocking. To test, you should be able to easily insert a needle of the size you intend to knit with, between the cast on stitches.

If you have difficulty leaving enough distance between your cast on stitches using a long-tail cast on, you might want to select another cast on such as a knitted or cable cast on.

I have a little more written on this topic in my newsletter archive - Issue #56 Cast On for a Good Finish.

Happy knitting, Jackie E-S

8:13 PM  

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