View Full Version : Which cast on for you?

02-10-2010, 12:27 AM
So this is mostly just for grins, but I was wondering what everyone's favorite cast on was?

Depends on project?

02-10-2010, 01:02 AM
I love the long-tail. It's easy, it stretches, and I think it makes a pretty edge. :cool:

02-10-2010, 04:23 AM
It's the only one I know! :aww:

02-10-2010, 06:50 AM
It COMPLETLY depends on project.

02-10-2010, 09:36 AM
I voted "Depends on the Project." If I have to cast on a lot of stitches, then I do the cable cast on (cause I hate running out of yarn before I have all my stitches cast on!) If it's a small amount, I go for the long tail.

02-10-2010, 10:07 AM
I voted "Depends on the project" too. Normall I use the long tail CO but if I have LOTS of stitches I'll switch to the knit CO. Just did the i-cord CO (for the first time) on for a pattern and didn't really enjoy the casting on, but do like the end result.

02-10-2010, 10:28 AM
I prefer the long-tail cast on, but I will use cable if the projects demands it.

02-10-2010, 11:27 AM
Longtail but if I'm going top down provisional.

02-10-2010, 11:39 AM
I like the knit for most projects, I like the way it lays.

For toe up socks I like provisional or figure 8


02-10-2010, 12:08 PM
My new favorite is Judy's magic cast on, which is a variation of long tail.

02-10-2010, 12:28 PM
Either provisional or longtail.

I swear, I look for excuses to use the provisional cast on >_>

Jan in CA
02-10-2010, 01:41 PM
I clicked long tail because I use that for most things, but it does vary by project.

02-10-2010, 03:42 PM
I voted long tail because it is what I use the most often. But honestly it depends on the project.

02-10-2010, 04:21 PM
It's the only one I know! :aww:

I am in this boat too. The longtail is the only one I know how to do.

02-11-2010, 10:47 AM
I was taught the cable cast on first, so by default, it seems to be the one I go to first. - Not that I prefer it per say, just what I am accustom to!

I don't mind the long tail, except I always seem to get the amount of tail I need wrong. I tend to use it only when it is called for.

Provisional has been creeping up a bit more since I have taken an interest in Lace....

02-11-2010, 11:00 AM
Long-tail cast on.

02-11-2010, 01:40 PM
Long-tail is all I know.

02-12-2010, 03:07 AM
Most of the time I use the long tail. I will use the cable CO if I have more than 100 sts to CO.

02-12-2010, 07:19 AM
Long tail for everything except when a pattern specifies another. The other exception is toe up socks, when I do Judy's magic cast on.

02-12-2010, 09:33 AM
The knit cast one is the only one I know. So far I haven't had a problem with it but I know I'm going to need to learn other methods.

02-12-2010, 01:23 PM
I use the cabled cast on most often. But will use provision if called for, and for toe up socks, you cannot beat magic cast on.

Recently I made a pair of gloves and I used long tail.
it had been years and years since I had used long tail, and I forgot
why I moved away from it. Well, it was soon obvious.

The 1st row on the glove made a little tourniquet that was very annoying to pull over my hand. It was OK when on, but didn't have nearly as much stretch as I was used to. So I used cabled cast on for the other glove and it was like night and day.. Completely flexible and stretchable. I cut the cuff off the 1st one, and reknitted the cuff , grafting it to the 1st row of stocking stitches. It was worth it. That non-stretchy first row was *really* annoying.

I cut the cuff off because my cast offs are too tight. Anyone have a great strechy cast off to share??

02-14-2010, 12:25 AM
Whats the one that ends up looking like a braded rope?

02-14-2010, 12:05 PM
Right now, Long Tail is it because it's the only one I can manage without having to look up the steps. I didn't realize there were so many different ways to CO though, so I'm going to have to expand my knowledge base now.

02-21-2010, 05:44 AM
Norwegian Cast On (http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2010/01/20/crazy-for-cast-ons.aspx)
I just found this great cast on. I am definitely trying it on socks next time. It is said to be much more stretchy than long tail.

02-21-2010, 11:18 AM
There is a lady at my LYS who has just discovered that there are many different cast-ons. I knew it because of a book I bought on knitting. She is learning them and teaching them to other ladies in the group.

02-21-2010, 01:02 PM
Which book might it be? I have several and there are several cast ons listed in each book, but mostly it boils down to just the ones mentioned here. I would like to have such a book.

02-21-2010, 07:28 PM
I only know the long tail cast on :???:

02-22-2010, 01:16 AM
Longtail is my general use cast on, but I know a couple of provisionals that I use for toe-up socks, and, (because despite the prevailing notion that longtail is a stretchy cast on, mine isn't really that stretchy... I knit too tight) backwards loop for socks. The major advantage of backwards loop is that it is physically impossible for me to cast on too tightly when I use it.

02-23-2010, 12:29 AM
I use the long tail usually but when I need to use another I use what I think will give me a pretty edge.

02-23-2010, 01:01 PM
The only cast on in the list that I don't use is the long tail. I never learned how. And I never have seen a reason to learn.

The first cast on I learned was the backwards loop (or single) cast on -- which I still prefer for most projects. Plus if you work a backwards loop cast on and then knit a row, you get something that looks just like a long-tail cast on -- without the worry of running out of yarn most of the way through.

I like the cable cast on for necklines and the knitted cast on for lace projects.

03-04-2010, 10:21 AM
I only know how to do the long tail cast on at this point. But I find it very easy to do, my fingers got the rhythm of it right away. I imagine I'll learn other cast on methods as my knitting skills improve.