German Twisted Cast On

My standard cast on is the long tail. I did it with two hands for years, which always made me not quite coordinated. At some point I checked out the DVD A knitting glossary / with Elizabeth Zimmermann & Meg Swansen ; a Schoolhouse video.Pittsville, WI : Schoolhouse Press, c2005.One of the items was the German Long Tail cast one which makes a stretchy edge, perfect for top down socks. Meg Swansen movements were so fluid and so fast and she made it look so easy. I watched it over and over and over, pausing regularly until I figured out what she was doing (and therefore also how to do the long tail more easily).

Lucy Neatby shows how to do it. It starts with a very brief review of the long tail cast on. I like Swansen’s technique better, but it is harder to follow the short video. Neatby’s video is focused better and her hands go slowly for longer, making it a better instruction.

A couple more videos that also show how to do it. The first is by The Knit Witch. She mentions that she usually does it over two needles, but I never do that and it works well for me.

And one more video by knitpurlhunter, which begins with a clear comparison of what long tail cast on and German twisted cast on look like on the needle.

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November knitters and provisional cast-ons

Today was the knitter’s group, so I took the afternoon off. It is nice to play hooky a few times a month. Unfortunately, I often cannot make it to various gatherings. B showed us several types of provisional cast-ons. I think I failed at all of them, but will try again at home. None of us (including B who does not use this method) were able to get the crocheted cast on out easily. These instructions (or video here) are a little different than what I understood her to be saying. I will try them after I find my crochet hook.

The next was like the magic loop method. I never saw B’s hands very well, but I found a clear video so I know I could do this in the future. There are some other techniques in Knitty.

The last technique B showed was actually a figure eight cast-on as used for toe up socks. I have used this. I won’t say I’ve used it easily or well, but I have used it, however it hasn’t been provisional when I have done it. I found it very difficult get the right tension on the center stitches, but I haven’t liked any other method for toe up socks any better.

ML asked about the blog at the meeting. I think I will send the URL to the group in case anyone else wants to look at it. If you are new reader (adding to the three or so other readers), please feel free to comment on anything, including giving a divergent opinion about a book.

B brought up Ravelry and I let her know I am on as WKate. I should check my email there more often – I had a messages dating back to mid-October, including one from someone I don’t know wondering if I would be willing to sell/trade something in my stash (the answer was yes since I have no specific purpose for the yarn).

After the meeting, I went to my LYS and bought yarn (yes, as if I needed more) for a hat for TH. (Yes, I am already working on one that isn’t on my list of current projects or planned projects, started within half an hour of posting the planned projects.) It is yarn for the hat from Never knit your man a sweater that he wanted. L gave me a ride and she came close to buying a kit for a sweater made out of Trekking sock yarn held doubled. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a picture of it on the web. The sweater is striped – two different yarns used in each stripe. The kit has 8 skeins (2 each) and is knit on size 6 or 7 needles. It is a basic sweater design. The variations in the trekking sock yarn and the stripes are the real design of the sweater.