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soccermom614 07-01-2009 07:05 PM

Casting on with circular needles
Hello all....I usually do the long thread cast on with straight needles, but am making an afghan that requires 220 stitches (double yarn) on circular needle. How do I cast on that many stitches?? Thanks in advance.

Lisa R. 07-01-2009 07:22 PM

Same as casting on any other make sure you have enough yarn for your tail (the rule of thumb I was taught is to wrap the yarn the number of stitches and leave a little extra--a bit of a pain with that many stitches, of course).

Anyway, you then just start casting on as usual. If you want, you can use stitch markers every 10-20 stitches so you don't have to keep recounting from scratch to see if you have the right number.

imrachel 07-01-2009 07:24 PM

To quote the sneaker folks, just do it:) . Just pretend that one end of the needle is the end-- it can help to put on a point protector to that if you have enough sts, they won't slide off as you're casting on. The rule of thumb is to have about an inch per stitch for your "tail". Better to have too much at the end of casting on, than not enough. You don't want to get to stitch 217 and realize you ran out of "tail".

imrachel 07-01-2009 07:25 PM

Lisa and I were writing at the same time:) . But she mentioned something I forgot about-- which is, if I'm casting on more than 50 sts, I, too, place a st marker every 20 sts so that it's easier to count.

suzeeq 07-01-2009 09:16 PM

The LT co might be easier for that many sts if you use 2 strands of yarn to CO with. One can be from another skein or the other end of the one you're working with, and use it for the thumb yarn, with the working yarn around the fingers. Knot the 2 ends together and just cast on. You'll have a couple extra ends to weave in when you're done, but can be a lot easier than trying to estimate how much yarn you need and casting on over and over if you guess wrong.

motherpink 07-02-2009 04:44 AM

You just cast on as normal when using the straight needles.

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