There are a few ways to make a cast on edge that keeps the stockinette fabric from curling without drastically changing the look of this widely used stitch pattern. All these ways have one major disadvantage – the very bottom of the edge is bumpy and uneven.
It happens because we pull stitches from the edge to form a tuck, our secret weapon against the infamous stockinette curl.
I tested different approaches and found a method that allows us to get the best from both worlds – a non-curling edge decorated with a lovely chain of stitches at the bottom.
Let’s see how we can make it.
To add this edging to a project worked in the round, follow the same steps but knit all stitches in every round for three rounds when you make the narrow band of fabric that forms a tuck later on. The rest of the process is exactly the same as the one we followed when we added Tuck Cast On to a piece of fabric worked back and forth.
The edge formed by this cast on method is quite stretchy. That makes it perfect for any project, from hats and sweaters to mittens and top-down socks. It is a beautiful edge that does not leave the stockinette curl a single chance.
If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.