Thursday, May 12, 2005

How I Casted On For a 2x2 Rib

First of all, it must be understood that this is the basic long-tail cast on, but with a twist.

To review -- for normal long-tail, the tail is around your thumb, and the ball yarn is around your first finger:

Then you put the needle through the thumb loop to grab first finger yarn:
and you pull it through to get the stitch. This gives you a bunch of knit stitches, so when you turn it around to do the first row, you're ready to purl a row.

Here's the twist -- for a purl stitch:
twist hand so thumb goes under ball yarn

needle through thumb loop...

to grab first finger yarn

and pull yarn through loop
and pull it tight, just like the knit stitch.
It looks kindof bad here,

but looks nice here:
Click to see in great detail.
On the first row, you need to knit through the back of the knit stitches. I think if you pick up the ball yarn by pulling the needle under and up instead of over and down, like I did here, you would knit through the front. I'll experiment next time I cast on.


Vicki said...

Thanks! I've heard that the long tail could be done in ribbing, but I never got how it worked. I'll have to try it sometime soon :)

Danielle said...

How perfect is that?



Anonymous said...


Glad I'm finding this. Funny thing is that you originally posted it before I even learned how to knit. ;)

Catherine said...

this is an awesome cast on. thank you so much for showing this... so, when will you show us how to cast OFF in a way that will match this cast on? :)

Anonymous said...

took me a while to stumble across this. I've just learnt how to knit and decided on a fairly ambitious first project. thanks you so much for this cast on!

jaemom said...

Yes, this is genius!!! Even 9 years after your original post, I am finding it useful. I love long-tail cast on, and this is SO much easier and faster than an alternate cable cast on. Thanks for sharing!

Julie Riker said...

I've watched a bunch of tutorials to try to learn a cast on for ribbing and was very confused until I came across your blog. This is simple - just switch the yarn. Genius!

Liz Marr said...

Very happy with this method. Easier to manage than tubular cast on. Thanks!