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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  06:55:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message
Hi all. I was wondering what cast on method do you all use the most. The cast on if you were swatching or making a scarf, or just when the pattern asks you to cast on.

For example, I find the cast on with 2 knitting needles the easiest.

Please also tell me why you use it - advantages, disadvantages.

Diva Ree
Gabber Extraordinaire

537 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  07:05:41 AM  Show Profile Send Diva Ree a Private Message
I do the long tail cast on...because that's what was taught to me.
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Wee Woolies
Warming Up

74 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  07:40:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wee Woolies's Homepage Send Wee Woolies a Private Message
Hi,
I was taught the loop cast-on but don't like it much...prefer the knitted cast-on. Recently discovered the cable cast-on which makes a neater edge and also use the crochet cast-on when I need a provisional cast-on method. Have yet to tackle any two-strand methods....

Wee Woolies

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mokey
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15375 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  08:12:33 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Ever since I learned cable cast on it is all I use. It is easy, nice, and I have no problems with it being elastic enough.

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lizzi
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
553 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  08:16:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit lizzi's Homepage Send lizzi a Private Message
I mostly use long-tail to start things, but I know how to do more, and they all have appropriate uses. The backward loop method gets used for adding finger stitches on my gloves, and the knitted method when I have to add stitches at the beginning of a row for a curved hemline.

I haven't taught myself the tubular cast on for ribbing yet...but I probably should!

Lizzi
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Susan T-O
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USA
2481 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  08:23:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
I use the long-tail cast-on for just about everything. The exception is if I'm adding stitches (such as for glove fingers), in which case I use the knitted cast-on.

--Susan T-O in Long Beach CA

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MrsD1
Chatty Knitter

284 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  11:06:23 AM  Show Profile Send MrsD1 a Private Message
I use the cable cast-on and knitted cast-on for most everything. When I do the long-tail cast-on my edge is too tight and my e cast-on or backward loop is too loopy or messy. Maybe I just need to practice more. I have the instructions for the German twisted cast-on, but I haven't used it yet. I've practiced it and I think the edge it makes is very nice.

Patsy
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cableready
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
385 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  1:45:20 PM  Show Profile Send cableready a Private Message
I usually do a cable cast-on. I like the edge it gives.

Pamela
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kimkrafty
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USA
2145 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  1:57:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit kimkrafty's Homepage Send kimkrafty a Private Message
I use the long-tail cast-on almost exclusively.

I just recently learned the knit-on cast-on and the cable cast-on.

I plan to try the provisional cast-on soon but I think I'll still always like the long-tail cast-on best.

Kimberly, kniting in VA
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kyench
Chatty Knitter

USA
205 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  2:25:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit kyench's Homepage Send kyench a Private Message
what is provisional cast on?

the long tail is the one where you measure out a lenght and then use your hand and loop right?
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Tam
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Australia
2810 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  8:57:04 PM  Show Profile Send Tam a Private Message
I used the cable cast on (didn't even know it had a name until last year!) for about 30 years because I didn't know there was more than one and I recently learnt the long tail cast on, so I use that more often now.

Happy Knitting,
Tam in Melbourne

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rejoyce
Chatty Knitter

USA
250 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  10:37:07 PM  Show Profile Send rejoyce a Private Message
I use the long tail cast on most of the time. It makes a nice elastic edge.

Kim
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Knittinit
Chatty Knitter

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2005 :  10:41:26 PM  Show Profile Send Knittinit a Private Message
I use the knitted on cast on method for most things. I like it for its elasticity and ease when knitting the first row. I also like the cable cast on.

Brenda
Healdsburg, CA
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truly violet
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6398 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  06:33:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
depends on what I am making
and how I'm making it
I use the knitted cast on alot
sometimes the cast on with the crochet hook
occationally I use waste yarn and a provisional
just depends on what I'm making and how firm or stretchy it needs to be in the finished product
vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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Wee Woolies
Warming Up

74 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  07:13:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Wee Woolies's Homepage Send Wee Woolies a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by kyench

what is provisional cast on?




It's a temporary cast-on that will be removed later on either for picking up the stitches to knit in another direction or for grafting...Check here for more info: http://www.pagebypage.com/provisional.php#uses
Hope that helps

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vicky by the bay
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USA
4768 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  07:26:21 AM  Show Profile Send vicky by the bay a Private Message
I learned the long tailed cast on and had used it the most. Recently, I have been using the cabled cast on...love the edge it makes. But, I only use it IF the first row will be the right side. If it's going to be the wrong side I then use long tail.

Vicky (Queen O'Yarn archivist-QYA)
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  08:21:31 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I've learned every cast on I came across, but have forgotten most of them and have to look them up occasionally. I only teach three.

The long tail cast on, done over two needles the same size as you are going to use on the project. It looks too big when you do it, but stretch out the edge after you have knit an inch or two and it adjusts itself, looks great and has never been too tight.

The cable cast on, which I use when I need to cast on at the end of a row of knitting. I use this one for thumb and fingers when I make mittens and gloves. It is a tighter cast on than the long tail done the way I described above.

The provisional cast on, when I need to pick up the stitches later, either to work in the opposite direction or for grafting.

With these three, you can knit anything.

fran
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KysKnitnMom
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1050 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  09:13:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit KysKnitnMom's Homepage Send KysKnitnMom a Private Message
I do the long tail or cable cast on. It depends on if the project needs a firm edge or stretchy one.

Megann, in sunny San Diego.

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OryxRun
Seriously Hooked

USA
625 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  09:55:04 AM  Show Profile Send OryxRun a Private Message
Until recently I used the long tail exclusively and before that the knitted cast on. Now I use the crochet hook to cast on. I am going to explore the twisted Greman cast on soon because I hear it is a good stretchy cast on for sock cuffs.

Stay well,
Mary
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sarakate
Seriously Hooked

USA
818 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  4:34:19 PM  Show Profile Send sarakate a Private Message
Unless I'm doing a project where there's a compelling reason to use another cast-on, I do a long-tail. It's fast, it looks nice, and I'm sufficiently practiced at it that I can do it in a very relaxed manner.

If I need to pick up the loops later, of course, I do a provisional cast-on, usually either by crocheting a chain and picking up loops, or by crocheting around the needle (usually I'll do the latter if I'm not in good light, but the former is easier for me if I am); if I'm in a hurry to get started, such as where I'm going to demonstrate for someone, but I'll have a more leisurely period to work when I do the unpicking, I'll use the waste yarn as the tail side of long-tail, which is fast to get started with but has to be picked out stitch-by-stitch.

I use the cable cast-on when I need to add stitches after the initial cast-on, such as for covering the thumb gusset space on a glove. I find it too slow otherwise, though.


I *can* do the German twisted cast-on and the tubular cast-on, but I don't do either enough not to have to go look it up again when I need to use them.
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NaProus
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1828 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2005 :  6:26:44 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
I don't know what it's called, but it's what my mother taught me years and years and years ago! I make a small knot for the first stitch (on the needle), and then wrap the yarn around my left hand. With the needle in my right hand, I swoop and pick up the stitch. I have to take off my wedding ring to do this -- otherwise, I snag it with the needle.

One of these days, I need to learn some other means of casting on, because I have a feeling that this is 'wrong' somehow. Though it works!

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