Monday, June 30, 2014

Short-tailed Judy's Magic Cast On

Several regulars from GPY have decided to knit Pente. Pente starts with a very long provisional cast on. I decided that I was going to use Judy's Magic Cast On for my provisional cast on. Just one problem, Judy's Magic Cast On requires a tail of sufficient length to complete the cast on. I didn't want to waste time or yarn getting the length of the tail correct, so decided to try to cast on using the short-tail methodology, similar to Short-tailed, Long-tailed Cast On

Start with 2 tails and make a slip knot with both tails, creating the loop with the tail end. Later on you will be pulling out the slip knot by the tail.
One tail will be carried on your thumb and one will be carried on your index finger. Wrap the yarn on your thumb under and over the needle.
...and bring it back around the needle...
...in front of the strand on your index finger. This is the important part. At this point, we just do Judy's Magic Cast On. The rest of the tutorial deals with that. Or you can check out Knitty's version: Judy's Magic Cast On and skip to the end to see how to remove the slip knot.
Bring the yarn on your index finger under the bottom needle and over, bringing it down between the two needles.
Now bring the yarn on your thumb up between the needles, over and around the top needle.
and back under the needle.
The results at this point.
Drop off the slip knot after you have knit the stitch next to the knot. Removing the knot before you knit the stitch will result in a loose end. If you need to remove the knot before knitting, flip the loop around, forming a e-loop.

You can see how this cast on works in my version of Pente which can be found at Gomoku


Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. Pente by Carol Feller, copyright Brooklyn Tweed, Wool People #7.

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