Friday, July 27, 2007

Really stretchy cast on?

I was wondering: is there a really stretchy cast on? I'm trying to come up with my own pattern for wristwarmers, and I've hit a small snag. I have large hands and small wrists - usually if a pattern fits in the wrist, it is too loose in the hand and vice versa (which is why I'm trying to design my own.) I cast on the stitches needed and I knit a few rows of ribbing. Worried, I put my live stitches on a piece of scrap yarn and tried it on to see if it would fit. It actually fits my wrist perfectly, but, I did notice that the cast-on kept the ribbing from stretching as much as it should have. I'm afraid that if I continue, I will have to fight to get the wristwarmer over my hand. Unfortunately, though, my search has not turned up a cast-on that is as loose as the double/long-tail cast-on (which I currently use.) So, I was wondering if anyone knew of any that I might have missed? I've also considered casting on with larger needles and then switching to the smaller ones (I'm using size 3's due to a chart I'm planning to put on the wristwarmers) but I don't know if that would work or if it would make the first round look wonky (since double cast-on creates one knitted round.)

Any ideas? Suggestions? Any help would be most appreciated! :D

6 comments:

metal and knit said...

Cable cast on or invisible cast on would be better.

georg said...

I would do a temporary cast on with crocheted waste yarn, and then crochet a finished edge when you finish the top part with a very stretchy edge.

Turtle said...

In the pattern section here (bottom left of page) is a pattern for "cleaves". I found the cast on new to me and seems much more stretchy than any i have used in the past. Might be worth a try!

Lana said...

I use a knitted cast on, usually. But I am no expert on that...

Adriana said...

Have you tried a tubular cast on? You can find a great tutorial here:

http://www.fluffbuff.com/2006/07/tubular_caston_without_the_was_1.html


It's really stretchy. Hope this helps.

Carissa said...

I would do a long tail cast on on needles 1-2 sizes larger and then knit onto your smaller needles.

Good luck!