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Jan 22, 2012 16:22:17   #
jadancey
 
Which cast on do you like the best when knitting hats? I'd tried the longtail cast on but thought that it looked loose and loopy, if that makes sense. So I used the cable cast on but it seemed too tight.
Has anyone any suggestions? Thanks.
 
Jan 22, 2012 16:30:19   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
jadancey wrote:
Which cast on do you like the best when knitting hats? I'd tried the longtail cast on but thought that it looked loose and loopy, if that makes sense. So I used the cable cast on but it seemed too tight.
Has anyone any suggestions? Thanks.
I use the longtail and I cast on in pattern, so if 1 x 1 rib...use that, if 2 x 2 rib, do that... it makes a neat edge and stretches and recovers nicely...

BUT.... if that is not your cup of tea... here's another choice...

Here are the super stretchy cast on and the super stretchy bind off... they are both terrific for sock tops, depending on which direction you knit your socks...

Cast on:
v=wf8cY_djTRI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n8E3I6Cg2k

Bind off:
http://www.youtube.com/user/catbordhi#p/u/5/abBhe-JYmgI
Jan 22, 2012 16:41:58   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
I have made about 100 hats with the cable cast on but I do knit it quite loosely. I think that is one of the advantages of cable, it always looks good however it is done.
If you felt it necessary you could use a size larger needle for the cast on row, but I don't.
Jan 22, 2012 19:23:46   #
Cindy M
 
I use a German Twisted cast on. It's a stretchy cast on. This stretches as far as the knitting will allow, but easily snaps back to shape.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/german-twisted-cast-on
Jan 23, 2012 06:12:50   #
maidinkent
 
Easy answer, just use a size larger needle for the cast on. Have always used the cable cast on and whenever a looser edge is required, it's easier and quicker to pick up a larger needle. It all depends on what works for you. much success to you x
Jan 23, 2012 06:39:44   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Since I finally 'got it', I rarely use anything but the crochet-hook cast-on. It seems to work for every purpose ... so far. I only learned about two years ago.

I learned it from a YouTube video, but have lost that particular video; there are others.
 
Jan 23, 2012 08:25:34   #
DHeart
 
I like the tubular cast on if I'm doing a K1,P1 rib.
Jan 23, 2012 09:01:21   #
bboyc
 
In hats I find looser to be better, but, if it looks too sloppy, I try a size smaller needle, or with cable cast on a size larger, but usually I am too loose.
Barb
Jan 23, 2012 12:59:35   #
jadancey
 
Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions. I'm working on a pair of mitts for my DH right now, but as soon as I get them finished, want to start more hats. Will try the different cast ons you've suggested. Judy.
Jan 23, 2012 17:07:03   #
barcar
 
I use a cable cast on.
Jan 23, 2012 19:15:22   #
Joy Marshall (a regular here)
 
barcar wrote:
I use a cable cast on.


Oh, I love your avatar. Are they bags, tea cosies, hats?
 
Jan 23, 2012 20:23:11   #
MarilynKnits (a regular here)
 
I learned the crochet cast on at a class held at the local library. I also use it most of the time and find it is stretchy enough without being sloppy and gives a really neat edge. I also favor the crochet bind off unless I want the design effect of the I-cord bind off or the really springy stretch of Jeni's "Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off".

Jessica-Jean wrote:
Since I finally 'got it', I rarely use anything but the crochet-hook cast-on. It seems to work for every purpose ... so far. I only learned about two years ago.

I learned it from a YouTube video, but have lost that particular video; there are others.
Jan 23, 2012 23:03:39   #
dandylion
 
deemail wrote:
jadancey wrote:
Which cast on do you like the best when knitting hats? I'd tried the longtail cast on but thought that it looked loose and loopy, if that makes sense. So I used the cable cast on but it seemed too tight.
Has anyone any suggestions? Thanks.
I use the longtail and I cast on in pattern, so if 1 x 1 rib...use that, if 2 x 2 rib, do that... it makes a neat edge and stretches and recovers nicely...

BUT.... if that is not your cup of tea... here's another choice...

Here are the super stretchy cast on and the super stretchy bind off... they are both terrific for sock tops, depending on which direction you knit your socks...

Cast on:
v=wf8cY_djTRI&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n8E3I6Cg2k

Bind off:
http://www.youtube.com/user/catbordhi#p/u/5/abBhe-JYmgI
quote=jadancey Which cast on do you like the best... (show quote)


I'm so glad you posted these sites. Thanks so much.
Jan 24, 2012 14:10:45   #
barcar
 
Joy Marshall wrote:
barcar wrote:
I use a cable cast on.


Oh, I love your avatar. Are they bags, tea cosies, hats?


They are glass pumpkins!
Jan 24, 2012 16:12:57   #
e.ridenh
 
jadancey wrote:
Which cast on do you like the best when knitting hats? I'd tried the longtail cast on but thought that it looked loose and loopy, if that makes sense. So I used the cable cast on but it seemed too tight.
Has anyone any suggestions? Thanks.

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You might like a tighter CO than you think, Ja, as that cap edge will be the first on - stretching it more over time.......

I do think the Cable CO is tight, so I work it looser. You might like the knit CO, which I think is a little easier but less stretchy - but not too much, really.

It's common to go up a needle size in CO and BO, so you might consider that.

I've used the twisted German CO, too; It's funky! LOL!

Good luck, sweetie!

Donna Rae
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