Have you tried several methods to work a tubular cast on like I did ? And did your yarn get tangled and maybe your fingers too ? Well, mine did. Holding needle and yarn in a delicate position in one hand trying to scroll down – or back if it is a video – to see the next image from the tutorial with the other hand. A ‘tour de force’ and every time the cast on is a real mess …
Or – working with waste yarn – did you cut the waste yarn but also your main yarn ? I did …
Here is one that is – at least for me – easy and neat: my favorite tubular cast on for a 1/1 ribbing. It is a very easy-peasy, non fiddly way using waste yarn, a combination of the crochet cast on – my favorite – and the way I learned to work a tubular cast on a long time ago …
I stumbled on this method by surprise. I wanted to knit me a hat and I had just written a blog post (here) …
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You will need some waste yarn in a contrasting color and a crochet hook in the same size as the needle. Go up a needle size for the provisional crochet cast on. It is easier to work with a larger needle and the cast on will be stretchier.
That’s it for the provisional cast on. Next the working yarn will be introduced. The first rows are worked back and forth – even if you will be joining to knit in the round later to make a hat or a sock – because it is easier to manipulate the stitches.
That’s really it, you are all set to start your knitting. If you are making a hat, you
can join in the round now. Work the last stitch of the row together with the first
stitch of the next row (= 1 stitch decreased) and now you have the right number
This is really clever with the yarn-overs! I love that there is no picking up stitches.
I have GOT to try this! Every tubular cast on I see is either too fiddly or too time-consuming. This looks great.
Hi Anne – I’m looking for your Wild Rose Tips – where might I find them – I just purchased your Wild Rose ebook (hat, cowl, mittens and cardigan) and would like to see how Jenny does it! Thanks –
Hi Alixe, the ‘Wild rose tips’ should be there. The-book has four patterns and two pdfs with extra tips.
If you are looking for Judy’s magic cast on, here is a link: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html
Thank you for this; it’s lovely and clear! 😀
Wow, this is excellent.