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Old 03-29-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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I am starting a Sirdar pattern and it calls for thumb method cast on. I have never heard of that type of cast on. Also the first row calls for K1, (yfwd, K2 tog) 96 times. When I do the yfwd, it creates a yo which makes a hole. I am not sure I am doing yfwd correctly. When I look at the picture, I do not see holes in the first row. Am I doing something wrong?? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I have been knitting for years, but I am stumped all of a sudden!
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Old 03-29-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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Yfwd is the same as a YO and it does make a hole as well as increase a stitch, which is offset by the k2tog dec. You knit 1, bring the yarn to the front, then k2tog and that makes the YO. Or you could just k1, wrap the yarn around the needle as if you were knitting a stitch without the right needle inserted into a st on the left needle, then k2tog.

The thumb method could be the backward loop CO, or the thumb variation of the Long tail CO. I don't recommend the loop cast on for that many sts, it's very loose and messy to knit into on the next row. Try any other method instead.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your help!!
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:10 PM   #4
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Sue is right it could be a backward loop, but it is not usually a good choice. I use the thumb method of the long tail cast on all the time. I don't know why they would specify a particular method though, since the thumb method makes the same result as a regular long tail cast on. Usually the cast on doesn't have to be a particular one, so I agree with Sue, use what you like. Question--are they going to have you hem this item? Maybe if that is the case they like a backward loop because it is loose or something. Just thinking out loud (sort of lol).

Sirdar is British so yfwd is a YO.
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