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Old 07-04-2007, 10:13 AM   #11
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It's all in the language. Cast on is one technique, increase is another. It's not common to cast on at the beginning or end of a piece, but I assume the designer had their reason.

I've seen kids sweaters where you knit up to the armholes then cast on for the sleeves at the beginning and end of the row and knit up to the shoulders. An increase wouldn't work for that. I think it's to get a straight-edged widening rather than a gradual widening.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:23 AM   #12
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If you have to increase more than 1 stitch at the beginning or the end of a row, it's usually a CO unless specifically stated. To do 3 kfb or M1 would be too bunchy in one spot.
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Old 07-04-2007, 01:35 PM   #13
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Ok, thanks for the replies! I find it confusing that the pattern just
says inc 3 without specifying what increase to use. I have made
some ballet type slippers that the ties were cast on and then cast off
on each side so I do understand the concept of casting on in the
middle of a piece for a large number of stitches I was unaware that
it would be used for a small increase. After thinking on it though I can
see it could be used the same as any other inc even for only 1 st since
the point is to get the extra stitches added. It would be very nice
if there was a standardization for pattern instructions so small
confusions would no longer be an issue

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