15 January 2010

Channel Island cast on


This cast on method makes an attractive edging for many types of item. It is a lot easier to do than it looks. Try practicing with chunky needles, say 6mm, and some left over chunky yarn. I've opted for starting with a slip knot using the double thickness yarn but you can start with a slip knot using the single thickness yarn. I also found it is better to follow the cast on row with a few rows of knit stitch to stop the edge from "curling".

Just experiment and see what works for you...I used this cast on method for some fingerless gloves in the previous post click here to see.

Tip - remember to do the "yarn over" in between each stitch.

If you would like more detailed instructions, have a look at this very good YouTube video by oftroy, click here.


1.Start with a long tail. Double the length of yarn and make a slip knot as you would for a normal cast on.


2. Grip the short spare piece out of the way in your right hand.

3. Using the single yarn (from the ball) put the "yarn over".


4. Wrap the double strand tail counter clockwise around the left thumb and push the needle up through as if you were making a knit stitch....

5. Pass the single "yarn over ".

6. Pass the double strands over as if making a knit stitch.

7. Pull firm and you have the first "knot" of the picot edging.

8. Continue with yarn over in between each stitch....

9. Keep practicing until you have a row of "knots".
10. Follow this cast on row with a few rows of knit stitch to stop the edge from "curling".


Enjoy!

12 comments:

andrea creates said...

I will have to try this-your pictures make it look easy, and are nice and clear :)

oklyous said...

uh that looks fancy. I am totally going to try that!

Adele said...

It's always the casting on that puts me off knitting but this way looks really good so I will be giving it a go. Thanks.
Adele

Far From Perfect said...

Have the day off and I should be getting things done around here- but found your "spot" and taught myself the Channel Island cast on!! Thanks . Cyndy

PixelatedMushroom said...

Thanks! Will enjoy trying this :)
I love your blog, just found it and have added it to my favourites reading list :) thanks :)

Kylie said...

Super easy tutorial! Thanks. Can't wait to use it.

Mary said...

Thanks for the great pictures. I'll have to try this!

Doris Santiago said...

Julia:
Thanks a lot!!! I enjoy this stitch and I try to do this.
Best regards
Doris Santiago

Jean Dickerson said...

How do you cast off to get the same look. Love this look.

Julia said...

I'm not aware of a method to cast off exactly the same. However there is the picot edge cast off which gives a similar bobble effect. I did a tutorial for it here...
http://handknittedthings.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/picot-edge-cast-off.html

Lori Thorne said...

Hi Julia! I just found your Blog via Pinterest and this cast on looks great! Thanks for sharing it with us! I will be reading your Blog frequently! :-)

Jenny Nicholson said...

Thank you for this. Finally a cast on that is flexible enough to avoid the too-tight sock tops!