Casting On Extra Stitches

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CherylG wrote
on Sep 25, 2009 2:18 PM

I'm making my first pair of mittens.  I need to cast on stitches for the thumb.  What kind of cast on do I use?

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saspero wrote
on Sep 25, 2009 2:35 PM

I'm truly not being sarcastic!  What type of cast on do you know how to do?  With the exception of the long-tail cast on, you should be able to use any kind you are comfortable with.  Good luck with your mittens.  Sally

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SHARONL@22 wrote
on Sep 26, 2009 3:37 PM

Try the Backward Loop method for a few stitches.


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mtheoret wrote
on Sep 15, 2011 1:36 PM

What is the backward loop method? I'm working on some mittens that calls for this type of cast on.


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ZassZ wrote
on Sep 15, 2011 5:58 PM

hi mtheoret,

Here is a pretty easy to follow link to the method of casting on in a row where you already have stitches on your needle.  The video is clear and explains how you can use this method.  Hope you enjoy.

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Fernandro wrote
on Sep 19, 2011 10:22 PM

In knitting, casting on with the thumb method is quick and easy, but the thumb cast-on (sometimes called e-loop) doesn’t look as nice as the cable cast-on — and it isn’t easy to knit into. The two-strand and cable cast-on methods should be your first choice for beginning a project.

Still, the thumb cast-on has its uses (such as for replacing cast-off stitches in a buttonhole or for a quick and easy increase stitch in the middle of a row), so knowing how to do it is worthwhile. As with other cast-on methods, you need just one needle to cast on with the thumb method.  Replica Chopard

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