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Monday, 17 August 2015

winding (provisional) cast on

winding (provisional) cast on


You need: 2 circular needles & yarn

Needle 1 = needle you will knit with

Needle 2 = holder for the live sts (use a smaller needle size for this — you want snug loops)

1. Tie a slip-knot and place on Needle 2
Hold both needles together, Needle 1 on top

2. Wind yarn around both needles (from below, up and over, around back)

3. Continue to wind

4. When you have the desired number of stitches, pinch the yarn against the needles and turn them around to knit

4.1 …like this

5. Holding yarn in place, pull Needle 2 through to dangle freely

5.1 (Needle 2 pulled through)

6. Getting ready to knit

7. Place yarn over index finger (around/catching Needle 2 cable)

8. Knit

9. Continue to knit

10. Knit final stitch and leave slip-knot in place on Needle 2 (remove this knot before knitting the live stitches on this cable)

Completed first row
(at this point the Winding Cast On equals Judy’s Magic cast-on – so if you are using that or a similar provisional cast-on for an ├ůsa Tricosa pattern, you should skip the first knitted row)

First row seen from WS (wrong side)

Three rows completed

In this example, the live sts are left on Needle 2 to be worked later

The work grows upwards in one direction.

This can be useful for knitting each half of a scarf or shawl from the centre and outwards knitting each half of collar from centre back (as in Tric and Koronki)

saving the hem decision on a bottom-up sweater for last

identical cast offs and edges for a scarf

knitting the first leaf of the Semele shawl

starting the Galathea shawl

The Winding Cast On is equally useful for starting a toe-up sock or top-down mitten.

In that case you will knit the live stitches on Needle 2 immediately after knitting back the first row and in this way work in the round – that is, in “two directions”.

(Knit the stitchess on Needle 1, then flip the work over to knit the stitches on Needle 2 = 1 round)

This will require either double point needles or magic looping or two circulars.

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