cast on 5 stitches at the end of row

Posted by: georgiaknitter (IP Logged)
Date: October 15, 2009 04:42PM

Help needed. I am reading the pattern for a purse and have never cast on at the end of rows. The pattern says after two rows of st st, continue in st st and cast on 5 stitches at the end of next 5 rows. Do I cast on just like the first row? How do I make it st st? Thanks for any direction?

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Posted by: Sally J (IP Logged)
Date: October 15, 2009 08:35PM

I'm not sure how you cast on at the beginning (by what method, that is), but I'd cast on by the knitting cast on method, at the end of a row. Knit the last stitch, leave it on the left needle, and put the new stitch you made next to it on the left needle. Repeat the process until you've made 5 new stitches. Hope this helps!

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 09:30AM

Many knitters learn just one cast-on, oftentimes the one called long tail where you need two strands of yarn. If this is the only cast-on you use, it is not surprising you wouldn't know what to do with directions that tell you to cast-on more stitches at the end (or beginning) of a row.

Sally J. gave you a good suggestion. You can also do this kind of cast-on with the purl stitch. If you insert your needle between two loops and then pull a loop through, you would be making a cable cast-on. The cable cast-on creates and interesting edge and for me, is less flexible than the knit or purl cast-on, which may or may not be what you want.

You can also do the backward e or loop cast-on which many knitters are first taught because it is easy and fast. The downside is that the first row of stitches can be tough to keep even.

You could also do the crochet cast-on. To do this cast-on, slip off that last worked stitch and insert a crochet hook into this loop. With working yarn coming from under the needle, use your hook to pull yarn through the loop over the top of the needle -- in other words you have wrapped the yarn around the needle. Continue doing this until you have cast-on the additional number of stitches and then place last loop back on needle.

Whatever method you use to add stitches, be sure to count all your stitches to make sure you have added enough and not too many before you resume your knitting.

Posted by: georgiaknitter (IP Logged)
Date: October 16, 2009 12:58PM

I'll give these suggestions a try. Thanks