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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

OMG! Things have been beyond crazy here for a few days; so much going on on so many fronts that my head spins! BOING!

But I thought I’d take a minute to share something I whipped up recently.

Norma writes: “Please explain “simple loop CO” instructions and instructions thru “pick up & knit every loop lying at top of first needle”. I’ve done alot of knitting but this has me stumped. Love the pattern.”

So I took quick pix to illustrate what the instructions call for. I had the camera set at ISO 800 (!) and Macro and used some really big wooden needles that were in my pen holder on my desk. The pictures are a little grainy but the only way this could’ve been more fun is if I would’ve used my cell phone camera!

The Simple Cast On (also know as Backward-Loop Cast On):

Flip & Pick Up:

The Finished Look:

Now I, being all thumbs, haven’t been able to master some of the other low bulk-type cast ons out there. There are a few that are beautiful and work really well, usually found in the Toe-Up Sock world: the Figure 8 and the Magic Cast On come to mind.

So as always, follow your Muse…

…and if you’d like to try out the WestSide Cap, for the next 48 hours get 1.00 off the purchase price of the pattern using the code “Springtime” in the shopping cart…

5 responses to “Wednesday, April 22, 2009”

  1. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ll have to use that for one of my next toe up socks. I find the Figure 8 and Magic Cast Ons a bit fiddly, so I’m always looking for cast ons that don’t leave me wondering what I’m doing with my knitting.

  2. Theresa says:

    Heh. If you need a little Magic Cast On demonstration, this toe-up sock knitter who loves it would be happy to oblige!

  3. meg says:

    That’s the nifty-est thing I’ve seen all week!

  4. Beverly says:

    I always use the figure-eight or Turkish cast on. I’ll be giving this one a try.

  5. Cathy says:

    Wow! That is so cool- I’m going to have to try that for socks.

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