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Re: Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ??
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: October 14, 2008 04:21PM

I like alternating cable for 1x1 rib Unlike simple cable (which is quite attractive, but also, as KT says, quite firm) it has a lot of give. It is also almost as invisible as tubular. That is, the knit and purl stitches look as though they were knit and purled all the way from the edge.

I have samples of many different cast-ons which I have made for my classes and of the most popular, the sample that stretches the most at the bottom of plain stockinette (no ribbing) is backward loop. It also rolls up almost twice as much as long-tail and considerably more than simple knit-on. Simple knit-on holds its shape less than either long-tail or cable but more than backward loop. Long-tail done on the same needles as the rest of the work draws the work in tremendously Another sample was worked very loosely on the same-size needles and looks very sloppy and uneven. The sample worked on needles two sizes larger looks very good and tends to curl up a little less. The simple cable curls up the least.

I'd try cable if I were you. The crochet co has no give at all and cable might be a good middle of the road choice because it does have some give. If you do decide to use it, use the same size needles as you will for the rest of the fabric.

When I'm teaching beginners I always teach knit-on because the students are learning to knit as they learn to cast-on. It's then a very simple step to cable and alternating cable.



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  Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ?? Mother Hen 10/14/2008 09:47AM
  Re: Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ?? Sally J 10/14/2008 12:02PM
  Re: Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ?? KT 10/14/2008 12:13PM
  Re: Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ?? Alex 10/14/2008 04:21PM
  Re: Best - Cast-On way - for a tight 1st row ?? Mrs. K 10/18/2008 11:42PM


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