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Old 06-13-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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cast on as increase
Im a new knitter and am trying this pattern for booties.

The instructions are as follows:

Cast on 20 stitches.
1st row [K1,p1] to end.
2nd row Cast on 1 st, [p1,k1]to end, cast on 1 st. 22sts.

It seems cast on is being used as an increase, Im a dummy and dont know how to do this. Help!!
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:00 PM   #2
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A CO often used in the middle is the "backward loop" method. At the top of the page under the Basic Techniques tab is info on how to do this under cast-on.

Do you have a link to the pattern? I've never seen a CO used for an increase. Seems like it would leave a gap or hole.
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:07 PM   #3
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Can you use knit on cast on in the middle of a pattern too?
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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I did a pattern that used cast-on increases. The Back Loop method works well for adding to the end of a row (see the videos) - UNLESS you need to increase in that stitch in the next row. A knitted cast-on worked well for adding to the beginning of a row. The trick was figuring out how to add to the row you are knitting without having to knit those added stitches just to get to the next row you are supposed to knit.

I ended up just doing a regular old increase (knit1 in front, knit1 in back) at or near the place where they wanted me to do the cast ons, and the pattern worked just fine. So, in this case, I would increase at the beginning of the row, do your p1, k1 to the end, and then increase in your last stitch as well.
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Old 06-13-2007, 02:48 PM   #5
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I dont have a link, but here is the pattern. They are really cute booties, but the book I got pattern from seems to be over my head. I am having a real problem understanding the directions on any of the patterns.

US 2 needle
SOLE
Cast on 20sts
Beg moss/seed st sole as foll:
1st row [K1,p1] to end
2nd row Cast on 1st,[p1,k1]to end, cast on 1 st. 22 sts.
3rd row [P1,k1]to end.
Cont in moss/seed st as set and taking inc sts into moss/seed
st, inc 1 st at each end of next and 2 foll alt rows. 28 sts.
Keeping moss/seed st correct as set throughout, work 3 rows.
Dec1 st at each end of next and 3 foll alt rows. 20 sts.
19th row Moss/seed st to end, cast on 7 sts. 27 sts.

Upper

1st row Work in moss/seed st.
Inc 1 st at beg of next and every foll alt row until ther are 32 sts.
11th row Cast/bind off 12 sts, moss/seed st 5,cast/bind off 4 sts, moss/seed st to end.
12th row Moss/seed st 11, leave 5 sts on a safety pin for strap.
13th -21st rows Work in moss/seed st.
22nd row Moss/seed st 11, cast on 21 sts.
23rd row Work in moss/seed st.
Dec 1 st at beg of next and 4 alt rows.
Cast /bind off rem 27 sts.

STRAP

Slip 5 sts from safety pin onto a needle.
With US 2 needles, work 21 rows in moss/seed st as set.
Buttonhole row Moss/seed st 2, make yarn-over for buttonhole by wrapping yarn around right needle, work 2tog, moss/seed st 1.
Work 1 row in moss/seed st.
Next row Work 2tog, moss/seed st1, work2tog.
Cast/bind off rem 3 sts.

TO FINISH
Join heel seam. Carefully stitch upper to sole, easing in fullness at toe. Sew one button to each slipper.
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Old 06-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #6
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Thanks, Ill try this!
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Let me know how this works out for you.

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Old 06-13-2007, 07:53 PM   #8
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They do use the word cast on in row 2, but then say

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Cont in moss/seed st as set and taking inc sts into moss/seed
st, inc 1 st at each end of next and 2 foll alt rows. 28 sts.

If it were me, I would just be considering them as an inc. If it were more than one stitch then I would co.
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