Friday, October 8, 2010


Read over the pattern for the Wayfarer Scarf. Got stuck because it calls for a tubular cast on. Since this is a cast on I'm not familiar with, I looked it up here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Using scrap yarn that I keep handy for practicing techniques, I attempted a few of these methods. However, this tubular cast-on is surely the work of the devil because I began to hear Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells."

I'm just not getting it. I liked Isolde's cast on (the first link) best--but distracted me couldn't keep up the rhythm of under, over, back, forward . . . Oh, it's sunny out. . . What was the name of my second grade teacher? . . . Casting on--right. Now where the heck was I?

And all those other ways to cast on? They just made my head spin around.

So I wound a skein to chase away the demons.

And started a swatch to get acquainted with the yarn and to see how it looks using different needle sizes.

I'll figure out this tubular cast on over the weekend. But if you don't hear from me in a few days, please send an exorcist. An exorcist who knits. And exorcist who knits and can do a successful tubular cast-on.


YesterUkes said...

This just made me laugh!

stringplay said...

Me, too. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered? Maybe it is just because it is October. Yarn color is just so deep and wonderful. I'm sure you'll get it later.

Anonymous said...

The Wayfarer Scarf is going to be lovely in the yarn you chose. Have fun learning the new-to-you cast on edge.

margaret in manhattan said...

Mary, I just looked at Eunny Jang's video (third one of your links) and there was nothing difficult about that one (at least to me) - I haven't seen the pattern that you're using, but all you really need to do is cast on half the number of stitches that you need for the project in waste yarn, knit a few rows in stockinette (make sure it's a really contrasting color of waste yarn), then knit a couple of rows (4 would probably do it) in stockinette - then turn to the purl side and purl the first st, pick up the purl bump from the edge of the waste yarn row, and knit that one, and so on - when you get to the end of your row, you should have the correct number of stitches to start your scarf, and it will be a rib ;o)

any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


margaret in manhattan said...

just realized that you didn't look at this one, which I consider one of the best - this knitter describes things very very clearly, and answers questions after she demonstrates -