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Old 05-06-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
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Dishcloth Question - Cast-On
Is there any one cast-on that is better when starting a dishcloth?

I've read where someone suggested a German Twist cast-on.

What are your thoughts?

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Old 05-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #2
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Dishcloths are pretty basic/small and I really don't think one CO is better than any another for such projects.

That said, one CO may be preferable to another IF it matches your pattern better.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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I dunno. It depends on my mood which one I use. My current one is started with a long tail CO, if I feel more like doing a cable CO at the moment I use it or maybe a knitted CO. Dishcloths don't need a particularly stretchy cast on. Where did you come across the German Twist CO recommendation? Have you a particular pattern in mind?
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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For a dishcloth? I just use long tail normally.

Long Tail- my go to CO for general purpose
Twisted German- for places that need stretch like sock tops or sweater necks
Invisible- for hems, two halves of a scarf that will be grafted, etc
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I dunno. It depends on my mood which one I use. My current one is started with a long tail CO, if I feel more like doing a cable CO at the moment I use it or maybe a knitted CO. Dishcloths don't need a particularly stretchy cast on. Where did you come across the German Twist CO recommendation? Have you a particular pattern in mind?

One of the dishcloths I found on Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...ines-washclothNine Lines Washcloth, casts on with the German Twist.

There are 9 other patterns I will be attempting. I was just wondering if it's best to use the German Twist instead of the long tail.

Thanks!
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Thanks for the link. She tells why she used that CO -

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Cast on 39 stitches. I used German Twisted Cast-on, because I wanted it to be as stretchy as the rest of the cloth
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In this case maybe you will want to use it.
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It could be suggested because of the pattern or it could just be her favorite cast on.
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I detest the long-tailed cast on for personal reasons (full disclosure and all that, you know). I use it only when absolutely required to do so, e.g., for a class where the knitted product will be inspected.

If you plan to make several dishcloths, maybe each one can use a different cast-on, so that you learn multiple cast-ons?

There are dozens, scores, perhaps hundreds of cast-ons in the world (at least according to Cap Sease's book), so learning as many as possible and the circumstances under which they're advised might be an additional secondary goal of knitting the dishcloth(s).

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now i'm curious why DCM hates the long-tail... is it because of the measuring so you don't run out? is it a stretchy factor? harder to knit? inquiring minds and all...
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Originally Posted by XtopherCB View Post
now i'm curious why DCM hates the long-tail... is it because of the measuring so you don't run out? is it a stretchy factor? harder to knit? inquiring minds and all...

I have no idea. Perhaps you should quote her response so she'll know you have a question about her response.
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