Technical Tuesday: Casting On!

Not only is this going to be an awesome post about casting on, it’s also my 100th blog post! I know some bloggers have been writing for years and probably think reaching 100 posts is cute, but it is a milestone for me!

Today I am going to talk about casting on; the long tailed cast on to be specific. Since I am trying to keep this friendly for readers of all skill levels, I am going to post an instructional video about how to do the long tailed cast on.

If you watch all the way to the end of the video, there is a short instruction about how to gauge the amount of yarn you will need for the tail. I like this little add on because it is a beginner’s video and that is something highly useful. I remember I had to guesstimate how much yarn to use most of the time and I was usually wrong. It was the cause for a lot of frustration and many more curse words.

This post is not about learning to do the abovementioned cast on, but about using it appropriately. Long tail cast on is one of my favourites. I use it all the time for everything and thought it knew it fairly well. I used it for all my cast on edges; sweaters, scarves anything I can get away with it. What I didn’t know was when you use the long tailed cast on your first row is actually a wrong side row.

Caston Edge

I didn’t notice this until I was told at one of the Vogue Knitting Live Conventions. It was a teacher that told me and that made me feel a little bit better. If you take a careful look at the picture above, you will notice that it looks like a row of purl bumps.

Now this isn’t something that is jumps-right-off-the-sweater-and-dances-in-front-of-you noticeable. It is more I-know-about-it-and-now-can’t-look-away noticeable. This is actually a really simple problem to solve, instead of treating your first row as a right side row; treat is as a wrong side. This way those purl bumps will be on the wrong side with all the other ones!