Are you a sweater knitter? I am. Even in the middle of summer I have the compulsion to cast on. My enthusiasm for the scarf I am knitting is wearing off. I’m not sure why. I am not deterred because a fingering weight scarf is a lot of knitting. A sweater obviously is a lot, more than a lot, of knitting. So that’s not it. It may be that small needle knitting requires more small motor skill than I can maintain for long. I have a yearning for larger needles.
I am trying out a Crochet Cast On. Have you done this?
It’s usually used as a provisional cast on but I also read that it’s a good cast on if you want to pick up from your cast on later in your project. For this pullover I will pick up from the neck opening and work my neckband after I finish my first ball of yarn.
That’s as far as I have cast on so far. I’m impressed. The row of stitches along the knitting needle are neat and tidy but … it’s coming out. If I’m going to pick up afterwards I think I need a bigger crochet hook so the stitches are a little looser. I crochet really, really tightly. Loose knitter, tight crocheter, go figure. I’m going to knit this sweater with a 4.0mm/US6 and I’m using a 5.0mm crochet hook and working this as loosely as I can. I think it’s working well now.
Here are a couple of links if you want to give this cast on a try. All the videos seem to concentrate on the provisional aspect. I am going to pick up off of it instead of taking the cast on stitches out. The cast on itself will stabilize the neck opening.
Crochet Cast On for continental style knitters.
Crochet Cast On for English throwing knitters.
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