December is a great time to learn new skills we can maybe practice right away on our holiday knitting! This month we’re focusing on great ways to get your knitting started, with 3 unique ways to cast-on, as well as a handy skill, two-handed knitting. Be sure to bring the required supplies for the skills you’d like to learn along to our meeting on December 10th.
Frustrated with trying to work stranded colourwork with both colours in one hand or having to switch back and forth? Try out a new technique by knitting two-handed. Not just great for colourwork but can also be used for things like joining in a new ball to your project. Bring 2 colours of yarn and appropriate needles if you’d like to try this technique.
A great companion to the Tubular Bind-off, Tubular Cast-On is great for starting a project off in ribbing for a nice firm but stretchy, seamless looking edge. To try this technique bring 2 colours of yarn (one to use as a waste yarn) and appropriate needles.
Judy’s Magic Cast-On
Back by popular request, we have Judy’s Magic Cast-on, with some extra fun: NOT JUST FOR SOCK TOES! This versatile method can be adapted for not just all knit-in-the-round projects, like mittens, sock monsters, or tubular scarves, but for flat circular knitting (the Pi shawl), any centre-out project, and it’s even an awesome provisional cast-on. The basic JMCO was first published in Knitty Magazine in 2006, and is still available online here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html. For copyright reasons, this page cannot be offered as a handout, however, it can always be reviewed at the above link. Participants wishing to try this technique out should bring at least one circular needle; two would be ideal particularly if you want to try a larger project than just a sock toe/mitten top. Any yarn appropriate for the needle size is fine. If you have a particular application you would like to use the JMCO for, bring along your suggestions and we’ll brainstorm it with you!
Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On
For projects that require a super stretchy cast-on, come learn Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On. As described here, http://curiousknitter.blogspot.ca/2009/09/jeny-stretchy-slipknot-cast-on.html, the slipknot cast-on is a great stretchy cast-on edge that pairs well with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Bring yarn and appropriate needles to try out this new cast-on!