If you want to decorate your project with a cast on edge that is beautiful, elastic and looks great on both sides of the work, try the Easy Picot Cast On method.
This edging looks nice with any stitch pattern. It blends in with the smooth texture of stockinette and stockinette-based stitch patterns, and it provides contrast to textured stitch patterns like garter stitch.
We used elements of this cast on in the criss-cross cast on edging that we discussed some time ago, but this simple and effective method deserves to be in the spotlight on its own.
Even though this method uses an unusual approach, this cast on is easy to make. There are only six simple steps that fit perfectly into a one-page quick reference card, and in a video tutorial that is a bit over two minutes long.
Use the long-tail cast on method to cast on the number of stitches that you need for your project. Turn the work.
STEP 1. Knit 1 stitch.
STEP 2. Move the tip of the right needle down and to the back of the cast on edge.
STEP 3. Wrap the working yarn around the tip of the right needle.
STEP 4. Move the tip of the right needle (with the wrap on it) from under the cast on edge and to the front of the work.
Repeat steps 1-4 to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch. We’ve almost doubled the number of stitches.
STEP 5. Turn the work and knit the first stitch.
STEP 6. Knit the next two stitches together.
Repeat step 6 to the end of the row. Turn the work and follow the instructions for the first wrong-side row of your project.
The cast-on edge formed by this method looks great on scarves, blankets, hats, socks, mittens, shawls, sweaters, cardigans and pretty much anything else. The edge has a moderate amount of stretch and holds its shape well. The best part is – it is simple and quick.
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