A new knitting skill for me


I have just learnt a new method for casting on in my knitting.  When I first learnt to knit I was taught to cast on using my thumb and one needle,

 Since that initial method of cast on I changed to Elizabeth Zimmerman’s method of long tail cast on.

I learnt the method from her book, Knitting Workshop.


The only picture I had was this one.


The new method I have just learnt is called tubular cast on.

This is where I learnt how to do it.  The method gives a lovely edge to your work, particularly in rib.

Why I tried a new method is because I am about to knit a garment as my project during the Tour de France.  The site from where I bought the pattern has several videos on various knitting skills but unfortunately they are all in Danish. 

Obviously you do get to watch but I found I needed the accompanying instructions in English.

It took me many goes practising to get into the rhythm of the method but once I got it I was good to go. 

Happy with the result.

This is the pattern I will be knitting.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. My favorite add-on is Chinese Waitress. You don’t have to guesstimate how much yarn you need like with long tail.

    1. suth2 says:

      Thank you. I will have a look at that one.

  2. When I learnt how to knit I was only allowed to cast on to be with two needles. So many different ways for casting on. We have the Euros here at the moment so have started a Euro Blanket. Now looking out for Le Tour Project.

    1. suth2 says:

      My birth country of Scotland never seems to do well in the football.
      What type of blanket are you making?
      I have just realised that I missed your post that said you had started a new site so I have now rectified that and am following you on your new site.

  3. Your project looks wonderful.

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