I am trying to knit the All-Over Two-Color Patterned Watch Cap from the book Hats On by Charlene Schurch. It’s a neat hat, looks great, will be good practice for stranded knitting, and is started with a kitchner rib cast-on. Charlene calls the cast on a yarn over tubular cast on, and has slightly odd instructions for it, which call for slipping yarn overs unknit!
The cast on itself is pretty neat — crochet a long loose chain, pick up stitches through the back loops of the chain, alternating with yarn overs, then alternate knit and slip stitches for four rows to make a neat stretchy edge. The actual casting on through the chain is very easy – easier then the long tail cast on, really. But trying to join this cast on for circular knitting has been killing me — I keep losing a stitch, or having the join un-join itself. Finally I figured out to twist the last YO as if it were a stitch of a simple loop cast on, but it took me four tries. And the first time it worked……
Well, see the post just prior to this one.
Anyways, here’s the current cast on — it’s joined, it’s knitting well, it’s not twisted. I should get to actually start my hat!
Once I knit the six inches K1, P1 ribbing for the cuff.
Wow what a complicated cast on! Is there a reason to use it? I bet it looks nice.
Per my big old knitting book, the advantages of kitchener rib cast-ons are flexiblity, strength, and good looks. It’s recommended for cuffs – anything that will be knit in k1,p1 or k2, p2 ribbing and get stretched alot. Hats, socks, sleeves, necks, that kind of thing.
I hope it’s as good as billed – it was pretty fiddly to get to work right. Partly that’s the designer — my knitting book, and other kitchener resources I’ve looked have you end the cast on with the knit stitch – not the YO this designer uses.