Tuesday Tip - Keeping Track of Cast On - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

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  • Joanne Hagar

    Love the yarn trick to keep count when casting on. I used markers but sometimes that gets uncomfortable in quantity or causes a gap in the stitch.

    April 13, 2016
  • Teresa

    I agree with Joanne – love the waste yarn trick on the cast on. My other pet peeve is casting on a few hundred stitches for a bottom up sweater, carefully joining in the round, and then discovering 2″ up that the cast on was twisted. Would LOVE a tip to prevent that!

    January 25, 2017
    • That’s an easy one. Two things, one trick is to put locking stitch markers in the base of the stitch every 20 stitches or so, then before you join in the round, lay out the needle and make sure to turn all the stitch markers so they face in.

      BUT . . . even if you twist when you join, after the first round, check. If you did twist, there’s only one little thread of yarn at that point, and by diving the needle tip under that thread you can untwist. I show that in my Annie’s class “Circular Knitting Essentials”

      January 25, 2017
  • smonakey

    Love the yarn trick! I add stitch markers every 10 – 20 sts, but this even easier!

    January 16, 2019
  • Daryl N.

    I recently had the pleasure of casting on 540 stitches for a top-up-in-the round sweater, so I used the two ball method for the long tail cast on (use a separate ball for the long tail instead of making a slip knot in a single yarn), and the pattern wisely instructed to mark the 45-stitch pattern repeats with markers so that you could more easily keep track of the count. I decided to knit the few rows of ribbing before joining in the round exactly for the reason of avoiding the dreaded twist. Easy enough to seam a few rows at the bottom than to try to ensure it was untwisted with that many stitches, even on a 60-inch needle. Thanks for your tips!

    January 16, 2019
  • Genevieve

    I’m in Canada and would love to buy the book but not digital. Is it possible?

    January 16, 2019
    • It’s not a book, but a double DVD set. I can sell it as a DVD or if you don’t have a DVD player I can deliver your DVD file as a digital file.

      January 23, 2019

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