This cast on gives a sealed start to your piece of knitting so if ideal for working Toe-up socks. It is worked using 2 circular needles but once the cast on is complete you can switch to dpns if you prefer. I also think it is a very easy cast on for toe-up socks
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In this video Fiona demonstrates how to shape a Shawl Collar by using short row knitting in garter stitch. The Chunky Cable Jacket pattern mentioned in the video can be purchased here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chunky-cables-jacket
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The Knit 1 Purl 1 Invisible Cast-on, also called the Alternate Cable Cast-on. This is a two-needle cast on which is worked in a very similar way to the Cable Cast-on. When working in Knit 1 Purl 1 rib the knitting appears to start in rib, there is no hard cast on edge. This cast on also has much more stretch than the basic Cable Cast-on.
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Single Thumb twist or Backward Loop Cast-on. This cast on is worked with one needle wrapping a loop around the thumb to slip onto the needle. It makes a very soft cast-on edge so is not suitable if the bottom of the knitting needs to be hard wearing. It is ideal for adding extra stitches within a piece of knitting i.e. after removing stitches for a thumb gusset.
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This video demonstrates how to work the Longtail Cast-on working with both yarns in the left hand. This cast-on is sometimes also called the German Cast-on. it is worked with one needle and requires a length of yarn to be measured out and used as part of the cast-on, hence the name Longtail.
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Chain Cast-off. The most common method of casting off your knitting. It can be worked in any stitch pattern. When casting off using the knit stitch, the cast-off chain will sit on the side of the fabric facing you as you cast off. When casting off using the purl stitch, the cast-off chain will sit on the side of the fabric away from you as you cast off. When working in rib the cast-off chain will sit along the top edge of the knitting. This is a new version of the Chain Cast-off video. In the previous version the audio was not synced with the actions but this has now been corrected.
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Sometimes you want a decorative cast on rather than just a basic cast on. The Picot Cast-on makes a very pretty decorative edge and also has a lot of flexibility making a very good cast on for mittens, gloves and top down socks, where the cast on edge needs to be able to stretch. It also works well on children's garments.
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The Longtail Cast-on is also described as a Thumb Cast-on or Thumb Cast-on with to ends. It is a one needle and thumb cast on. In this video Fiona demonstrates the English style of working this cast on i.e. with the working yarn in the right hand, throwing it around the point of the needle. This cast on produces a purl ridge at the bottom of the knitting so works particularly well if you are starting the piece with garter stitch or moss (seed) stitch.
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There are a number of ways to work a Provisional Cast on. In this video Fiona demonstrates the Crochet Provisional Cast on working around the knitting needle at the same time to avoid having to pick up the bumps from the crochet chain.
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The Sewn Cast-off works particularly well with garter stitch and moss stitch. It is also quite a flexible cast off particularly as you can adjust how tightly you pull the yarn as you complete each stitch. It works very well for shawls which have a long cast off edge that then needs to be stretched when being blocked e.g. my Anna's Shawl pattern.
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The Make 1 (m1) increase makes a new stitch from the strand between two stitches. it is an increase that makes less visual impact in a stocking stitch fabric than a knit front and back increase and works well in garment construction. This video demonstrates the basic m1 technique.
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The Knit Cast-on is often taught as a beginners cast on. It is worked using two needles, The cast-on edge forms loops along the bottom of the knitting which some knitters do not like. The advantages of having the loops along the bottom edge are that the edge will stretch which can be very useful when knitting lace that causes the bottom edge to curve, or if you need to pick up stitches to knit in another direction. This cast-on works very well for Patchwork/Domino Knitting and as a Lace Cast-on.
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The knit front and back increase (kfb) is often the first increase method many knitters learn. It is easy to work, works very well in garter stitch and reverse stocking stitch, but in stocking stitch it does leave a visible bar to the left of the stitch the increase is worked in. For this reason it is also called 'The Bar Increase'.
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