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Old 09-25-2007, 01:20 PM   #1
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Casting on at beginning of row
I'm working on a cardigan, and the instructions say to cast on 16 sts at the beginning of the row. No matter what I do, I can't seem to get this right. My yarn is at the wrong end to keep knitting the row, or there's a piece of yarn that stretches from the first st to where I start knitting my previous row. Hope that makes sense. Any suggestions, other than breaking the yarn to proceed with a regular cast on?
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:26 PM   #2
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Most people just use the backward loop co for mid/beginning row cast ons, but you can use knitted or cable cast ons as well.

What is this cast on for? I know you are making a cardigan, but is it going to be a sleeve? Do you have a link?
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:34 PM   #3
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This cast on is for the cuff of the sleeve. I don't have a picture, they only had a very basic diagram in the pattern; and a friend printed the pattern for me, so I don't have the link. The backward loop CO is what I've tried. I'll have to find how to do the other kind, and see if it works better.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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For more than a few sts, a knitted CO is better, not as loose; video in the Cast On section of Basic Techniques.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:36 PM   #5
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when you have stitches to cast on at the beginning of a row - sometimes it is much easier to consider it as casting on at the END of the PREVIOUS ro (before you turn your work)
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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Depends how you're going to CO. A knitted or cable CO has to be done at the beginning of a row. Other than that, there's no difference between end/beginning of a row.
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Old 09-25-2007, 02:54 PM   #7
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I didn't ask this question, but you mean cast on at the end of the row you are working on and then turn your work? I have wondered about this also.
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No, finish the row, turn and CO. If you're doing a backwards loop CO, you don't need to turn.
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:44 PM   #9
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depends on how you normally cast on.

For example - I am left handed - and though I primarily knit the same as most right handed people - when I do a backwards loop cast on I use my left hand to make the stitches on the right needle. So I cast on at the end of a row before turning my work - whereas most people would turn, and then cast on because they use their right hand to form stitches on the left needle. Likewise I will frequenlty knit or cable cast-on to the right needle as well.
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:33 PM   #10
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Kinda hard to explain in writing but I'll give it a try...

I always cast on at the end of the row. Hold left needle over right needle, with right hand wrap yarn tail around both needles toward you once and around right needle again. Then pull the right wrap through the left wrap and onto right needle, tighten tail up to right needle.... do it again for stitch #2-16. When you turn to begin the row agaiin, knit as usual but don't pull too tight. After the 16 added stitches are knitted, you should be able to knit normally and repeat at the end of the row to cast on the other 16 stitches...

Hope this helps... Mary

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