Monday, June 16, 2014

Using Judy's Magic Cast On for Garter Tabs

Starting a shawl with a garter tab is a common way to start a shawl. Typically, the directions read:

Cast on 3 stitches.
Knit 6 rows.
Rotate 90 degrees and pick up 3 stitches along edge.
Rotate 90 degrees and pick up 3 stitches along cast on edge.

This method results in a pickup of 2 stitches in the corner of the garter tab; the 3rd stitch of the first pickup and the 1st stitch of the cast on pickup). Being a tight knitter I find the corner pickups to be difficult. Then it occurred to me, what if I cast on using Judy's Magic Cast On? So I knit my garter tab as follows:

Garter Tab Using Judy's Magic Cast On
Cast on 6 stitches using Judy's Magic Cast On (3 stitches on each needle). Hold the bottom 3 stitches to work at the end of the garter tab.
Knit 6 rows.
Rotate 90 degrees and pick up 3 stitches along the edge.
Rotate 90 degrees and knit the 3 held cast on stitches.

Here is how its done.

Start Judy's Magic Cast On. The top needle will be the held stitches. You will knit the stitches on the bottom needle.
Cast on 6 stitches, 3 per needle.
Begin knitting the first stitch. This is the trickiest part. You may need to twist the tail with the working yarn to create a loop to knit.
Knit 6 rows, 3 garter ridges.
Rotate 90 degrees and pickup 3 stitches, one in each garter ridge.
The garter tab after the 3 picked up stitches. There are 6 worked stitches and 3 held stitches from Judy's Magic Cast On.
Return 3 held stitches to the needle.
Knit the 3 remaining stitches (these are the held Judy's Magic Cast On stitches).
The completed garter tab

Lets compare:

The image on the left is knit the traditional way. The image on the right is knit using Judy's Magic Cast On.

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..

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