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Tutorial : Long-tail cast on Friday, 6th November 2009

Filed under: Tutorial — Brijit @ 2:18 pm
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This is my favourite cast-on, it’s flexible and discreet, but strong enough to hold the shape of the piece you’re knitting. It does, however, allow the fabric to roll a bit, so I guess if that annoys you, it might not be the one for you!

Also definitely the fastest once you’ve got the knack of it, it looks a lot harder than it is!

Start with a good old slip knot

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Pull the tail-end of the yarn towards you, over your thumb, with the ball-end of the yarn over your forefinger, and your remaining fingers gently holding the wool below…

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Pull your thumb back, towards the end of the needle. A loop will begin to form around your thumb…

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Put the tip of the needle into the loop that has formed around your thumb, pointing in the same direction as your thumb…

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Move your left hand back towards your right hand, along the length of the needle. Pull the wool around your forefinger across (from left-to-right, or anti-clockwise) around the needle…

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Keep going…

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Pull your thumb back over the tip of the needle, outside the loop you have made with the other end of the yarn…

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Pull gently on the yarn with your left hand…

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Tug gently…

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And repeat!

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Tutorial : Slip knot

Filed under: Tutorial — Brijit @ 2:03 pm
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Any cast on requires a slip knot first to anchor it.

Drape the yarn over your left hand…

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The yarn here is with the free end at the right-hand side of the picture, and the end that’s attached to a ball on the left. It’s not really crucial if you do it the other way around though, best to get the hang of the knot first.

Loop the yarn back over the front (sorry for the phone dongle in the way there!)…

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Part your fingers slightly, so that you can see between them…

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Slide the tip of your needle between your fingers, catching the second yarn…

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Pull this loop forward…

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Pull your left hand away, leaving the knot on the needles. A gentle tug will tighten it up without a problem…

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Et voilĂ , a slip knot! =o)