Designing, Patterns Released, Techniques

Chinese Waitress Cast On (again)

I have a new set of videos taking a look (again) at the Chinese Waitress Cast On.

I realized that my favorite way to make this cast on, with a crochet hook (my prior video showing this technique) was actually producing a twisted first line of chain stitches, and I was determined to figure out a way to still use the crochet hook, but to make the cast on untwisted – as it should be.

Another issue with this cast on is that most tutorials out there, even when showing the knitting needle method, do not show the *full* untwisting that has to happen in the one step. This still produces a twisted line of chain stitches. If you examine the bind off, the cast on should exactly match that – with two untwisted lines of chain stitches. And the result, if the loop is not completely untwisted, is instead a twisted line of chain stitches at the front line.

Anyway – here is a video showing why that is happening and how to fix it:

And a video showing the full tutorial on the knitted version of this cast on – producing a completely untwisted line as it should be:

Look for my more in-depth article on the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off in the newest issue of Cast On magazine, out now. Join TKGA for access to Cast On, among many other benefits!

I also have a new pattern (in the same issue of Cast On) out to go along with the article – my Candy Stripe Scarf. It is a sideways knit scarf, worked on a bias, using the Chinese Waitress Cast On and Bind Off to have both long edges completely match each other. Three colors (two variegated and one solid) are used, and a lace edging is applied to the short edges at the end.

In other news, I’m doing the preliminary planning for offering some virtual classes in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on that! Let me know in the comments if you have any particular topics you’d like to see a class on! These will be small classes via Zoom.

I’ll also be doing my first livestream for patrons on Patreon soon, so join my Patreon family to be able to join me for that! (Patrons get sneak peeks, as well as early access to videos and classes and other benefits. I will be hosting a special Q&A for my patrons soon as well!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!


Invisible Ribbed Bind Off

Today, as promised, I have a tutorial on how to work last week’s bind off without removing the stitches onto two needles first.

This is called the Invisible Ribbed Bind Off – but essentially it is a kitchener graft worked off of one needle.

I hope this was helpful!

I’ve got a lot of design work on my plate over the next couple of months, so there will be a small pause on new videos until those get done! Stay tuned for some sneak peeks soon of my socks I’m designing for Cast On, though.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


Tubular Bind Off

This week I have a video tutorial on the tubular bind off to go along with the cast on from last week.

Like the cast on, the double knitting rows prior to the actual bind off typically need to be worked in smaller needles.

Next week I’ll show you how to work this same bind off without transferring the stitches to two needles first.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


Tubular Cast On – Three Methods

Today I have a video for you on the tubular cast on technique.

Warning – it’s a long one (I don’t typically like to record long videos, but there you go.) I’ll provide the timestamps below in case you want to skip to just the particular method you’re interested in.

A tubular cast on is a form of invisible cast on that produces a tube at the cast on edge. The tube has to be there for it to be “tubular” and not just invisible. There are many different ways to make this edge, in this video I show you three different ways. The first two use waste yarn, the third one does not. I think method #1 is perhaps the easiest to work. My favorite method is method #3, but I know this method can give some knitters trouble!

1:28 Method 1 – Provisional with picked up stitches
7:25 Method 2 – Provisional with k1 yo, and double knitting rows
14: 15 Method 3 – Italian tubular cast on with double knitting rows
Use a smaller needle for the methods that use double knitting (the second and third method). Method 1 and 2 are best for odd #s – if you need an even # of sts, cast on one extra and work a decrease on your first ribbing row. (Or you can cast on one less and then work an increase in your first ribbing row.)
I hope this is helpful!
Next week I’ll show you the tubular bind off method. Until then, Happy Knitting!

Applied I-Cord Edging

This week I have a couple videos for you on an applied I-cord edging, and how to finish it when working in the round.

First up – how to work the applied I-cord:

Next, how to finish that I-cord when you’re working in the round:

I love using an I-cord edging when you want a rolled edge (I know you can use a stockinette edge and let it roll, but those tend to have a mind of their own sometimes!) With this edge you can control the roll!

I hope these videos are helpful!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!