Traditionally, this cast on method is used to start a garter stitch border on Channel Island sweaters – a variation of well-known Guernsey sweaters. The edge looks very similar to picot edging but without a bulky hem that often accompanies picot edge.
The other great benefit of the edge formed by this method is its elasticity – it stretches quite a bit, but springs back to its original shape right after it gets relaxed.
All these properties combined with the “dot-space-dot-space” structure, make this cast on perfect for starting “knit 1, purl 1” rib.
When used with ribbing, this cast on becomes a bit of a chameleon, changing its look depending on the way we work the first row or round. It might keep the beaded picot-like appearance, or look more like an edge created with the tubular cast on method. Both options are great for hats, socks, mittens, the bottom of sweaters and sleeve cuffs.
We can get all these benefits in just five simple steps.
When it is time to hide the tails, weave in the remnants of the double-stranded tail at the right side of the work, and a short single-stranded tail hanging at the left side.
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