Saturday, March 10, 2007

Links and References

A short and incomplete guide to learning cast on’s.



Simple Long Tail Cast On, done with 2 balls of Yarn
--each a different color.


Web pages with tutorials for cast on’s-these pages have several links to video’s demonstrating more than one cast on--
DYI cast on tips
Knitting Help
Wikipedia)
SockKnitters

Blogs with tutorials:

This blog has an alphabetical index to topics--including directions for several cast ons.

Anther blog with cast on directions

Blogs with directions for a specific cast on:

2 color braid cast on 1 and 2
Eyelet cast on--Emily Ocker
Eyelet slip knot cast on
Eyelet loop cast on link
Channel Island cast on 1 and 2
Tubular cast on--Provisional method or this one
Tubular Italian or kitcheners
Tubular cast on, YO method
Figure 8/Turkish cast ons 1 2 3

You Tube/video tutorials
Long tail
More videos here.
My (as of 4/08) You Tube collection.
Knit cast on
Another version of long tail
This person says they are doing a cable cast on, but they are doing a variation of long tail
The Magic Cast on, (Judy Becker's cast on) similar to a Turkish or figure 8, but improved.

Many of these sites will lead you others..
And Googling cast on will lead you more, too, as will searching YouTube!

Books:
An incomplete list of Knitting Reference books with directions to cast on’s:

How to Knit, Debbie Bliss
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Thumb (alternate style of Long Tail) Cable Cast On

The Ultimate Knitting Guide, Kate Buller
Martingdale & Company
Cable, Longtail, Thumb tubular cast on’s

The Big Book of Knitting, Kateria Buss
Sterling Publishing
Long tail, Doubled long tail, Provisional, Tubular (Italian/Kitchener)

The Knit Stitch, Sally Melville
(simple, crochet, and long tail cast on)

The Encyclopedia of Knitting, Lesley Stanfield & Melody Griffiths
Running Press
Simple, Cable, Thumb

The Knitter Book of Finishing Techniques, Nancy Wiseman
Martingdale & Company
Long Tail, Knitted, Cable, Picot, Provisional, Crochet, Tubular

Other books --
The Reader’s Digest Guide to Knitting, The Vogue Guide to Knitting

The list could go on for pages and pages--and there are, I am sure, Books, Blogs and even Cast On Styles I do not yet know. These references are just a start.

Finally, you can take classes with experienced knitters.

For those in NY/LI area, I will be teaching a Class --Great Beginnings--at the Villiage Knitter in mid April. In this class I will be teaching a number of cast ons, and students will create a cast on sampler of their own.
(it might not be posted yet on their web page, but it is scheduled.)


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Go Back to Part 3

Go Forward to Part 5 (Bind offs)

2 comments:

Emily said...

These tutorials are great! Thank you!

Sarah said...

I've just found the videos you've posted on youtube and now your blog and I have a question. It may have been answered somewhere so I could be asking you to rehash old news.

I'm teaching a knitting class and teach my students to do a long tail cast on (slingshot method, but I love the thumb method and will introduce that as well!) and two knitted cast ons. I don't have a grip on a provisional cast on at this point so I'm not planning to teach it.

People ask me why one cast on is better than another and I am limited to saying that it depends on the use for the final item. You want a stretchier cast on for a sock top than you would for a dishcloth.

The truth of the matter is that I don't really know. I thought that perhaps since you love casts ons you might have some thoughts on the question. Any input/ideas you would care to share would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much for posting so much great content :)