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Old 11-25-2012, 02:47 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
The cable cast on seems plenty stretchy to me and not nearly as futzy. I'm not good at guesstimating the length of yarn needed for long-tail cast on and I hate ending up just a little short or waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Sometimes I think just because something is more complicated people think it's better.
Gotcha! The 'tensioning' for the Jeny cast on was a hot mess. If you cast on too far away from the previous worked cast on stitch, you are TOAST. Trying to cast on 126 Jeny stitches.you'd have 1,260 failed cast on stitches. 1 good one out of 11 tries. Aaaargh.

The only thing that would motivate me to try the Jeny again would be as a requirement for the Master Knitter's Certificate. Period.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:07 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Gotcha! The 'tensioning' for the Jeny cast on was a hot mess. If you cast on too far away from the previous worked cast on stitch, you are TOAST. Trying to cast on 126 Jeny stitches.you'd have 1,260 failed cast on stitches. 1 good one out of 11 tries. Aaaargh.

The only thing that would motivate me to try the Jeny again would be as a requirement for the Master Knitter's Certificate. Period.

I've seen the photos of your work. If you aren't a Master Knitter, I don't know who would be. I no longer feel like maybe I gave it up too soon, too easily. Thank goodness there are no knitting police! If knitting isn't enjoyable, fergit it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:40 AM   #13
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For stretchy cast on's, I prefer the German Twisted cast on. I learned it from Amy's cast on videos at the top of the page. It's been valuable to me for hats, mittens, and gloves.
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I love that cowl. My mother is wanting one, and this is gorgeous. I love that you post your comments/tips/changes/videos!
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
The cable cast on seems plenty stretchy to me and not nearly as futzy. I'm not good at guesstimating the length of yarn needed for long-tail cast on and I hate ending up just a little short or waaaaaaaaaaay too long. Sometimes I think just because something is more complicated people think it's better.
I hate that, too. LOL I'll have to try the cable CO. I know how to do it, but I have never used it for a project. I've read that it's a nice, stretchy CO.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #16
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I hate that, too. LOL I'll have to try the cable CO. I know how to do it, but I have never used it for a project. I've read that it's a nice, stretchy CO.
I just used the cable cast on for a hat and it's just fine, I didn't even use larger needles for the cast on, same for some mittens I just started I thought when I first tried it that it was hard but that was when I first started knitting and now I wonder what took me so long to try it again.

Note to self: finish hat, finish mittens and scarves and sweater, finish other WIPs before starting yet another project. Finish something!
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I almost always do long tail myself. I've gotten pretty good at estimating worsted weight on a size 6 or7 needle since that's what I use most. (I knit loose) I have done other cast-ons though. German twisted is a good stretchy one. Always have to look it up though.
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