A Better Cast-On
A friend's 5-year -old has been diagnosed with leukemia, and in the next couple of weeks, as a side effect of her treatment, she'll begin losing her hair.
What can a knitter do, but knit a slew of cute hats for this little princess?
As I was beginning a top-down hat, I became frustrated because the cast on left a hole larger than I though was necessary. So I turned to the Knitting Daily Glossary to find a better circular cast on.
I remembered Emily Oker's Circular Cast-On, which I thought would fit the bill perfectly. Here's how you work it:
This method is magic! The hole is tiny; it looks like the finished top of a brim-up hat. I'm much happier with how the hat looks now.
A few years ago an identical technique took the crocheters by storm. In the crochet world, it's called the magic ring. I've borrowed some photos from Crochet Me editor Toni Rexroat, because I wanted to show you another visual for this technique.
I really like this method of casting on for a circular project. You can use this for anything that starts from a circle—a hat, a shawl, a washcloth, or whatever else you can think of.
Since I'm firmly in hat mode for the next week or so, I'd like to recommend a wonderful new video resource to you: Structure and Design of Knitted Hats with Tanis Gray. From casting on to creating a pompom, Tanis clearly walks you through every step of hat knitting and designing.
I used many of Tanis' ideas to design a hat for my little friend, and I know you'll find lots of helpful information in Structure and Design of Knitted Hats, too.
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