Remember when I told you that you didn’t need 100s of cast-ons and bind-offs? You can pretty much get by with a handful or two. Let’s count up the beginnings we’ve seen so far:
1) The Long-Tail Cast-On (knitted and purled versions, a great all-around workhorse)
2) The Lace Cast-On (loose, stretchy edge)
3) The Tubular Cast-On (very tidy, it wraps around the edge)
4) The Cable Cast-On (the second one I ever learned and important)
5) The Provisional Cast-On
And the Bind-offs:
1) The Long-Tail Bind-Off
2) A Stretchy Decrease Bind-Off and A Stretchy Passover Bind-Off (JSSBO)
3) The Tubular Bind-Off
4) The Sloped Bind-Off (one of my favorites)
Finally we look at two sort of odd-ball skills that have to do with beginnings:
1) The Garter Stitch Tab Cast-On (a clever and popular way to start triangular shawls).
AND . . .
2) How to Reinforce a Cast-On edge. This filled a request from a viewer who had used a non sturdy cast-on and was worried about it. It’s a handy thing to know.
And that, gentle knitters, is a summary of the starts and ends of knitting that I have covered with video so far. There are many more to explore if you like that sort of thing, but this collection gives you a good, basic tool set. What’s YOUR favorite go-to cast-on or bind-off and why?