wunderfull way of casting loops

Knitting a Beanie Hat: the Beginning is Important

Every knitter has her favourite or just a habitual way of making the beginning of knitting. We are talking about a cast of loops. There are many ways:  'long tail', Bulgarian, with using a hook, with forming the loops separately on two needles, Italian, Norwegian, and so on and so forth. It is interesting, in different countries the same ways of casting loops can be called differently. I'm still planning to explore the nuances of the national or cultural specificities of country affiliation of a particular way; it's interesting, without a doubt. For now, my quick hypothesis is that, like any national traditions, these have roots deep in the history of hand knitting.
In this post, I woud like to share some information about my preference in choosing a way of casting loops for knitting a beanie hat. The result is so neat that some knitters call this 'a factory cast of loops'. This loop cast works wonders for stockinette or 1x1 or 2x2.
So... We take an auxiliary thread, which will not be a pity to cut and throw away. Here is an important nuance - the thickness of the auxiliary thread should not differ significantly from the thickness of the main thread. Ideally - the same. Choose a thread of a contrasting colour for the auxiliary thread. It is dark colour in my case.
We knit 3 rows or more of stockinette with the auxiliary thead and then switch to the main yarn. Knit 3 rows with the main yarn and come to the culmination of this process: alternate knitting the loops from the left needle with the loops from the bottom row. They formed a dotted line on the purl side of your knitting (picture 1).

If you wish to continue knitting stockinette, you have to knit the loop with the auxiliary thread as a stockinette, if your further pattern is 1x1 - as a purl loop, if your further pattern is 2x2 - also as a purl loop. For 2x2 pattern, in the next row, knitting the loops in the pattern you should make permutations in a such way - there are 2 knit loops, then - two purl loops, then - repeat.
After you have knitted all the loops of the auxiliary thread (it is important not to miss!) carefully remove the auxiliary thread (picture 2).

As you have payed attention, the number of loops on the right needle after knitting all auxiliary thread loops is doubled. This is another advantage of this method. You cast on the number of loops with the auxiliary thread exactly 2 times less than you need for your main knitting. That is, if according to your knitting density and size, you need 140 loops, you will cast on only 70 ones by this way. And thus the probability of risk of error in the number of loops is halved 😊

This discribed way is very good for starting knitting the beginning of a sleeve or neck (for knitting raglan from the top), snood, legwarmers and whatever you want.

I hope my experience will be useful for my customers and i wish to get ingoy with your new knitting progects.

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