New cast on added to my repertoire

Channel Island cast on. I love the loose sloppieness of it - reminds me if a deckled edge on rag paper. It will probably evenout a bit after blocking but I hope not too much. It did take me a while to get the hang of it but after watching the YouTube vidio about sixty times it finally clicked. It's pretty much fun once you get the hang of it. Here's a detail, it's the begining of a camisole for a freind's birthday.


ronhuber's picture

I have used this cast one when I started mittens. I love your description of it comparing it to the edge of rag paper. Now I will never be able to look at one or the other without thinking of the other.

akkamaddi's picture

It looks like a string of overhand knots in the picture. Pretty cool!

Does it have a particular advantage for any kind of project?

scottly's picture

Because the stitches are cast on as pairs consisting of a yo and loop through it's very stretchy. One of the youTube videos reccommeds it for top down socks.

CLABBERS's picture

I just watched one of the videos on YouTube and find it an interesting cast on. The video shared that if you don't leave enough of the long-tail, you can simply thread another section of yarn through the end loop and keep on going. Pretty neat. Thanks for sharing, Scott.

Aaronknits's picture

The Hiz Vest pattern that im working on right now uses this cast on. I skipped it for this project though. I found it a bit too...cumbersome across 300 or so stitches. Also, I think it really want the best thing for the hanspun I was using and would be better suited for a commercial yarn that is consistent in thickness.

Still, it's a lovely cast on and I think I might try using it with the next pair of gloves that I make.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Brave you for mastering this cast on. I've tried doing it but never quite got the hang of it. I do know that it was supposed to give a stronger edge to a sweater that received heavy use. Functional as well as decorative.

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scottly's picture

I do not pick up this stuff easily so I just psyched myself up to keep trying as long as it took and constantly repeating my knitting mantra "This is not rocket science."

mr.cullen's picture

Scott, The Channel Islands cast-on is one of the many cast-on techniques listed in Charelene Schurch and Beth Parrot's book "The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, and Tricks" (2011). On page 35, the method is described as "durable and well suited to a single rib". There is a detailed written description of how to work this cast on with clear, step-by-step small illustrations...I have been amazed by how many cast on techniques are available. Each of them has advantages and disadvantages....There are learning opportunities in each new knitted project....Happy knitting and learning...Cullen