It's finally cast-on week! I know it's been a little confusing because the blog post is going up today (the 17th) but the actual big cast-on date is the 24th. Hopefully, it will become clear why the post is going up before the actual cast on date. The tubular cast on is a tricky trick to master and today I'm sharing some tips that might save you a little bit of frustration!
The Weekender Sweater uses a Long Tail Tubular Cast On for the bottom hems. This cast on is invisible and stretchy which makes it an excellent choice for sweater hems. Andrea Mowry provided a link to a tutorial from Purl Soho which is the best tutorial for this cast on that I have found. If you find another good tutorial for this cast on, please share in the comments!
Here are some tips for successfully completing the Tubular Long Tail Cast On:
1. Be Alone - a quiet room is best! Take this as an opportunity for some "me time" in the midst of these crazy holidays.
2. Give Yourself Enough Time - this cast on is actually worked over 3 rows (1 set-up row and 2 foundation rows) and you're not going to want to stop in the middle and try to pick it back up.
3. Start on Straights - This tip is from designer Ysolda Teague. Work the cast on rows on similarly-sized straight needles, then switch to circulars. It will be much easier to manage the stitches on straights. If you're like me and you don't own straight needles - that's ok! You can still use circulars, but pack your patience!
Andrea Mowry really did knitters a favor by designing this sweater with a split hem. Not only is it very cute and stylish but the Tubular Cast On is much easier worked flat than in the round.
If you're finding that the Tubular Long Tail Cast On is just too much and you're not getting it, have a look at the Alternating Cable Cast On. This tutorial is by Woolly Wormhead, a popular hat designer who knows a thing or two about stylish and stretchy ribbed cast ons.
That's it for my advice on the Tubular Long Tail Cast on - please feel free to share yours in the comments! Liz and I are excited to see everyone start their projects!
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