casting on:

WP_20140825_002Using giant 15mm needles, I experimented with the effect needles and wool size have on the gauge and pattern, and chucky gauge wool, I knitted a scarf cowl, with basic knit row purl row. This produced the traditional ‘v’ shape, although with much larger gaps between the stitches, creating a fishing net like pattern.

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I also experimented with the casting on methods; Italian tubular cast on, average cast on, and long tailed cast on. The first, “Italian tubular cast on” means creating a slip knot, and keeping the working wool (that still attached to the skien) on your forefinger and the tail end around you thumb. You pull the needle under the working wool and over the tail and back under the working one. Then back under the tail, then over the working and back under the tail and repeat.

The ‘average’ cast on is the best known and most used; by wrapping the wool around your thumb, insert the needle into the cross at your palm and pull, before repeating. Whereas the long tailed cast on requires you to hold the tail on your thumb and the working wool on your finger, put the needle through the wool on your thumb and over the wool on your finger, then back through the hoop on your thumb and repeat till the number of stitches you need, make sure you have twice as much wool as stitches for your tail.

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