Saturday, 19 February 2011

Casting on

I love knitting because it lets you create your own fabric.  You decide on texture and colour.  It can be tight, or holey, light or heavy, big or small.  If you can knit a strip you can do anything with it that you could do with a strip of fabric.  Don't worry about rules, don't worry about complications.

Beginners are often daunted by casting on.  Keep it simple.  Try a pair of  short or mid length 4mm needles and a ball of smooth (not fluffy), brightly coloured double knitting wool.  The label may say DK.  The bright colour helps you see your stitches.

There are many ways to cast on and the best ones for beginners are the Cable Cast-on and the Knit Cast-on.   This video from knittingtipsbyjudy is one of the best I have seen.  It shows the Knit Cast-on.