A great beginning

The fourth project, a round neck cardigan, was started this week.

Previously Jean had us do a provisional cast on and work the rib after the pieces were finished. However, this time I’m working the rib immediately after doing an invisible cast on. That ‘ so my 2×2 rib will correctly line up with the stitches in the pattern.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do this with the v-neck pullover and now have the daunting task of figuring out how to graft the ribbing to each piece.

Although Jean didn’t teach this cast on technique in class I was able to easily follow her instructions on the DVD.

It’s really quite simple. Here are a few photos of the process.


Start with a provisional cast on from a crochet chain and knit a few rows.

invisible cast on 2

Start ribbing …

Alternate between,

1. Purl two stitches on left needle
2. Pick up and knit stitches from crochet chain (horizontal bumps) twice.

invisible cast on 3

After working a few rows undo crochet chain and pull out waste yarn.

invisible cast on 4

What a beautiful and easy beginning.

Left to do:
– finish round neck pullover
– v-neck ribbing, blocking and sewing
– round neck cardigan back and right front
v-neck cardigan swatch

…so much to do and so little time.

8 thoughts on “A great beginning

  1. I love this cast-on, both for 1×1 and 2×2 ribbing. Question: what kind of waste yarn did you use? It looks nice and slippery. In class, I usually give people mercerized cotton but your yarn looks like it could be even better.
    Also wanted you to know that I found out about your very cool hard-sided tackle box/knitting tools storage box via Sarah Hauschka. My box was a HUGE hit both at Madrona and at Stitches West – people seemed to care about the box almost as much as about class content! Thank you for sharing.


  2. Cool new banner, Melinda!
    Since I am abandoning everything I learned about knitting and am starting over, learning to knit right-handed, I can’t begin to wrap my head around your invisible cast-on. As always, it looks beautifully executed. You are an exquisite technician.


  3. Martha – the DVD is available via Jean’s website http://www.knittingwithJean.com
    Susanna – It is a nifty little box.
    The waste yarn came from Jean. That’s what they use in Japan. Unfortunately we haven’t found a source for that exact kind of string. I also use nylon cording that I found a Pacific Fabrics but it’s not as flexible.
    Gail – you’re switching? Wow!


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