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How to cast on over 200 stitches?!?!
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Dec 29, 2011 11:01:24   #
misslovebug
 
I have found a lovely pattern for a "handkerchief shape poncho with cuffs" that I really want to try but it has 260 stitches!!
Is there an easier way to cast on this many stitches please? I usually end up with a really long tail or have to restart several times when I cast on!
Any help will be gratefully received :)
xx
 
Dec 29, 2011 11:06:13   #
Deb-Babbles
 
When I have to cast on that amount of stitches I put a marker every 10 stitches. I also use my crochet hook to make the cast on more even.
Most important thing is to take your time, put markers often and be sure to keep the cast on even..
Good luck..
Dec 29, 2011 11:07:52   #
misslovebug
 
How do you cast on with a crochet hook?
x
Dec 29, 2011 11:24:02   #
Deb-Babbles
 
Have you ever crochett around something round like a stitch marker. Well its the same thing.
Make a slip knot, then pick up the stitching yarn from behind the needle. I pick up the yarn on the top side of the needle I cast on to then I bring the yarn to the back again and keep going. Takes a little time to crochet around a solid object at first but you will see how to do it once you start. I love the edge it gives the finished item.
Dec 29, 2011 11:35:13   #
Deb-Babbles
 
I just checked into YouTube for a video. There are a few very good ones on there that will show you how to do a "crochett cast on". You should check them out. Wonderful video's...
Dec 29, 2011 11:51:04   #
e.ridenh
 
misslovebug wrote:
I have found a lovely pattern for a "handkerchief shape poncho with cuffs" that I really want to try but it has 260 stitches!!
Is there an easier way to cast on this many stitches please? I usually end up with a really long tail or have to restart several times when I cast on!
Any help will be gratefully received :)
xx

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What happened, MLB, to cause this restart.......? Which cast on method did you use?

For that many stitches, I use the long-tail cast on and a formula or two to judge the yarn amount to allow:

With the chosen needle, wrap the yarn around the needle a few times - pinch off the amount it took for one CO stitch and measure that:

For example: Wtih a size 10 needle, ww yarn = about 1.25 inches of yarn x 260 stitches = 325" of needed yarn + the five inch tail = 330 inches of yarn - make the slip knot at this end - you might have a bit of yarn left over.

When I have just a few stitches to CO, I just wrap around the needle that number, add my five inch weaving in taill allowance (if I haven't already), make my slip knot there thus requiring no math; LOL!

Or you could do a cable cast on (stitch by stitch) - both have a reasonable stretchiness and the cable one is stretchier.

Both these cast on methods can be googled and I find the fastest one is the long tail one for this many stitches but with the cable cast on, you don't need to measure out yarn.

Good luck, sweetie and Happy new Year!

Donna Rae
 
Dec 30, 2011 06:22:59   #
pamela Lehmann
 
I prefer the long tail cast-on, but with that many stitches, you may want to use 2 balls of yarn. Just loosely knot the 2 strands together, then use 1 strand as the thumb loop & the other as the finger loop. I agree with using markers every so many stitches (I use them every 50). When you're done casting on, trim the yarn from the thumb loop & begin your knitting with the other strand. You'll never come up short!
Dec 30, 2011 07:28:27   #
rfmoor
 
Using two balls is what I was going to suggest. Along with using markers generously.
Dec 30, 2011 08:42:57   #
btibbs70
 
Cable cast on with markers every 20 stitches.
Dec 30, 2011 08:45:36   #
Jrpinkston
 
Hi. I found a really helpful video on the internet where you can use two balls of yarn (or the outside and inside strand) and the long tail cast on method for as many stitches as you need. This way you don't have to worry about estimating the amount of yarn to use. Try this. I think you'll likt it! Enjoy your project!


www.ehow.com/video_4976531_advanced-knitting-l...
Dec 30, 2011 08:52:31   #
mrscp1946
 
btibbs70 wrote:
Cable cast on with markers every 20 stitches.


I agree. With the cable cast on you have a very neat edge and you dont have long tails left over.
 
Dec 30, 2011 09:00:54   #
sophie11
 
Two balls of yarn to cast on long tail. What an excellent idea. I never thought of that. Another thing I just learned from KP is kniting in the sts. from cast on. What a great site.
Dec 30, 2011 09:09:43   #
Cindy M
 
I use Lorraine's long tail cast on with two balls of yarn. There's no waste and your stitch count always comes out perfect.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_RY5gILiZE
Dec 30, 2011 09:17:05   #
purl2diva
 
pamela Lehmann wrote:
I prefer the long tail cast-on, but with that many stitches, you may want to use 2 balls of yarn. Just loosely knot the 2 strands together, then use 1 strand as the thumb loop & the other as the finger loop. I agree with using markers every so many stitches (I use them every 50). When you're done casting on, trim the yarn from the thumb loop & begin your knitting with the other strand. You'll never come up short!


I have never heard of this before but it is a brilliant idea. Thank you very much
Dec 30, 2011 09:20:14   #
LEE1313 (a regular here)
 
Hi,
My choice of cast on is the crochet chain method.
Just use the same size hook as needle required, then chain the needed number of stitches.
Next row, just pick up and knit along the chain.
I use this method alot.
Linda
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