Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tubular cast-on

Now for the pay-off to the chained cast-on. It's tubular! The tubular cast-on is GORGEOUS for ribbing, and stretchy to boot. I have a new favorite...but it does take extra effort, compared to your standard cast-on. So let's check it out.

Tubular cast-on

With a waste yarn in contrasting color, cast-on half the number of stitches you need using the chained cast-on. If your pattern calls for an odd number of stitches, add one to that number and then divide by two. Switch to your main yarn. Purl one row, knit one row, twice (total of 4 rows):

You're ready to knit on the wrong side. My fabric is curling under in this photo, which is why it looks funky.

Purl one:

Yes, we know how to do that. Move on.

Now you're going to insert the right-hand needle into the purl bump from the first row. It's intermixed into the waste yarn. Here's where your contrasting yarn colors are key.

Purl bump is circled.

Insert RH needle from top to bottom (can also be described as from the front of the stitch to the back):

Place the stitch on the LH needle from bottom to top (back of the stitch to the front). Knit the stitch:

Two stitches successfully tubularly cast-on! That's a mouthful.

Repeat to the last stitch. If you wanted an odd number of stitches, purl the last stitch and you're done. If you wanted an even number of stitches, knit the last stitch, as well as the last purl bump. It will be a selvage edge, so it may be pulled fairly tight, and you'll have to work to get your needle in there. Here's what we've got so far:

Do a few rows of K1, P1 ribbing, then you can start to carefully take out the waste yarn. If you undo the last stitch cast-on with the waste yarn, you should be able to pull the rest out by tugging on the end (which is what makes the chained cast-on a sweet provisional cast-on). Check it out:

You'll notice that part of the waste yarn ends up in the tube you created with the cast-on. You can carefully pull it out. If you wanted an elastic band in your garment for extra pull on the edge, this is the ideal spot. You can thread it in post-mortem, or you can use the elastic as your 'waste yarn' if it is an appropriate shape.

And here's the finished product!

I *heart* this so much. It's gorgeous and definitely worth the extra time spent.

1 comment:

  1. Your tutorials are awesome! Love this cast on! It looks so awesome! A few questions though......1- If I wanted to do a 2 x 2 rib would i then purl the 1st stitch and purl the purl bump (off the waste yarn)?? 2- How can you do this cast on in the round using circulars? Like for a hat? I tried to find some way of doin this cast on in the round on youtube and stuff but couldn't find it! Only saw a vid showing how to graft the ribbing but thats if you start the hat from the top down! And saw a few other tubular type cast ons for round but nothing as good as this one!

    I just did this cast on and I needed 96 stitches all together so I cut that in half and chain casted 48 and then did the tubular cast and purled all the way till the last stitch and i came up with 1 stitch short!!! Why?? What did I do wrong? I ended up with 95 stitches instead of 96!! So instead of doin' this all over again, I just made an extra stitch with an e-loop and knitted into the back of it. I didn't care that it was gonna be uneven at that spot cuz I was gonna join it in the round at the same spot and it was gonna be uneven there anywayz! Make sense?
    So I joined it in the round and it actually doesn't look half bad! Would of looked a bit better though if I didn't half make an extra stitch but whatever, i'll wear the hat with that part in the back (its a slouchie hat so that will hide it!)!! LOL!

    Sorry for the extra long post! But I really love this cast on and would love to figure these things out! Please let me know if you can help!!! Thanx so much!!!!