Didn’t I say yesterday that casting on is the toughest part? After yesterday’s long post, I took a deep breath and started to learn the cast on for the single knit on a knitting loom (rake) when it dawned on me that I never finished the cast on for the double knitting on a knitting board or a double rectangular loom.
The very last and most important step for the double knit cast on: once you have the wool wound around the pegs on the loom (as in yesterday’s blog) then you take your wool picker tool (I actually think that ‘wool picker tool’ is the official name) and starting with the last peg you wound, lift the bottom loop (the one closest to the base of the loom) over the top loop and off the peg. There should only be one loop remaining on that first peg. Repeat for the remaining pegs until all of your pegs have only one loop on them. Your cast on row is complete and we are ready to start knitting.
But before we do that, let’s get the single knit ‘loomers’ caught up and ready to cast on too. (I can’t believe that I forgot to include the very last part of the double knit cast on instructions….I could blame it on trying to keep word counts down, but the real story is that I just overlooked it somehow…ooops!)
Okay. Single knitting on a loom: usually this is done on rake, or a single sided loom, but it can also be worked on a round loom or using one side of a double sided loom (so even if you have a double loom, you may still decide to knit your potholder as a single knit – this is entirely your choice!).
But – whatever way you work it, I found that single knitting on a loom is awkward, confusing, and not nearly as fun as the double knit, but I digress – the single knit from a loom still looked fantastic so I think that it is still worth a try(and I have a feeling that the more practice I get, the less I will find this awkward and confusing).
Unlike the double knit cast on, there are lots of different ways to cast on for the single knit. After some reading and ‘trying’, I have decided that one of the best cast on styles (especially for our potholder project) is something called the ‘cable’ cast on. You do need a crochet hook for this cast on, but in the end, the finished edge will be more even, secure and more polished than a lot of the other methods for casting on. It will also look a lot more like your cast off, so when we make our potholder, both the cast on and cast off edges will look similar.
But, because of word counts (I don’t want these posts to be crazy-long) I will finish up the single knit cast on tomorrow and we will all be cast on and ready to knit our potholders next week (in either single or double knit).