Help! Two simple problems....


It's going good. Two hats and two scarves down and am on to newer and more exciting projects. But, I have a couple of little problems and would love your techniques and advice.

1. Casting on.
I do a standard knitted cast on. It works, but I always seem to end up with a little pucker where my slip-knot started the first row -- does this make sense?
What is your favorite way to cast on?

2. Edges. Something always goes funky with my tension (which is generally really good) on the edges and the turn-a-rounds. Big sloppy, loops on the edges of the work... Has always been like this... Any solutions?

Otherwise -- am really proud of the projects, so far... and am loving the knitting.

Will post those pics soon.

Thanks, in advance, for your help with these little things!



Tallguy's picture

hmm-- can't reply

NonStopAndrew's picture

1. Mine used to do the same thing, all you have to do is remember to cast on loosely and evenly. About a million projects later it wont do that anymore.

2. That happens a lot in plain knit rows, I forget how to fix it though.

murfpapa's picture

for casting on I like cable cast on. It's moderately stretchy and I don't have to guess how long of a tail to start with. Start with the slip knot, knit 1 but do not drop the loop from the slip knot. Leave it on the left needle and place the new loop on the left needle also. Repeat but instead of drawing the new loop through the previous stitch, the needle goes through the space between the two previous stitches. I tend to cast on loosely.

2. Edges.I just try to make sure my stitches are neither too tight nor too loose.

rc_in_sd's picture

1. Nothing more to add to the cast-on question.

2. I've found that I keep the edges neater thusly: after the cast-on row, I turn and knit the first stitch. Then when I've inserted my right needle to begin the second stitch, I snug the working yarn, which tightens up the previous stitch. Doing this at the beginning of each row seems to keep those loops from forming. You'll soon find the right balance between too loopy and too tight.

Hope this helps!


RickeScott's picture

I almost always use the long-tail cast-on and don't experience the problem

I wither always give the second stitch a tug to tighten up the first one, or always knit the first stitch through the back loop and always slip the last stitch purl-wise.

Have you tried slipping the first stitch of every row?

Britisher's picture

Yeah, this works well. Slip knit rows knit-wise and purl rows purl-wise. It leaves a neat V shape at either edge of the fabric. Just one word of caution with this, though, avoid using this at an edge where you'll later pick-up stitches (eg. the armholes of a vest or the open end of a cardigan where you'll add a button band). It changes the stitch count and makes things difficult.

Thomasknits's picture

Long-tail is my preferred method of cast-on. There is even a way to do long-tail in pattern like there is a way to do a cast-off in pattern.

I either slip the first stitch of each row, or lately I've liked slipping the last stitch of the row (you can add one stitch to the width to do this...)...for slipping the last stitch, you have to be careful about having the yarn in front before you slip if you are knitting the next row, or in back if you are purling the next row.


albert's picture

I like both the knitted cast on and cable cast on.

thairapist's picture

Put me down for long tail cast on. It is a bit more stable than most. Depending on the project i will sometimes go up 1-2 needle sizes so that the cast on is nice and loose. As far as the edge stitch. They will always be a little wanky because they are only being connected on one side so slipping the first stitch has been the standard fix. Also don't tighten up the edges too much. That can make it worse.
Good luck

brucedow's picture

Thanks GUYS!
You all ROCK!

Britisher's picture

I'm going to say that my favourite cast-on (with K1, P1 ribbing) is the "tubular cast-on".

This is a more intensive technique than a simple cast-on or long-tail cast on, but the results are really super-stretchy and incredibly neat: not chain of cast-on stitches at the edge, the knitting almost seems to start by magic. It takes a fair bit longer to do, but the results are more than worth the effort.

This is superbly described in Nancie M Wiseman's The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques, which I blogged about a while ago. Definitely the must-have book for anyone wishing to develop their technique.

Just one word of caution, though. It can be used with stocking-stitch, but doesn't look quite so good with K2, P2 ribbing, as the first row you'll end up with knit stitches above a purl stitch on each rib.

chipsir's picture

Dennis.....well I am to late to offer any advice, I too use the long tail cast on most often....just remember that your first row will be a wrong side row. The best correction for edge stitches is to slip the first on every row, at least for me, see I about agree with everyone else!!!!!