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Tubular Cast-On for k1, p1 Ribbing

Even Number of Stitches (see below for Odd Number of Stitches)

Version 1

With contrasting waste yarn, cast on half the number of stitches required using the backward-loop method. Cut the waste yarn. With the main color yarn, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row. Next row (WS) P1, bring yarn to back, insert tip of right needle into main-color loop at edge of first main color row (Figure 1). Place this loop on left needle and knit it. *P1, bring yarn to back, insert right needle into main-color loop 3 rows below (Figure 2), place loop on left needle and knit it; rep from * to end. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for several rows before removing waste yarn.

Figure 1 Figure 2
   

Version 2 - aka Alternate CO, Italian CO

Leaving a tail as for long-tail cast-on, make a slipknot on right needle (counts as the first purl stitch). Insert your left thumb and index finger between two strands, with tail end on thumb side. To create the next knit stitch (Figure 1), bring needle toward you, under front strand, up between strands, over back strand to grab it and pull it under front strand to make loop on needle. To create the next purl stitch (Figures 2 and 3), take needle away from you, over both strands, under both strands, up to grab front strand and pull it under back strand to make loop on needle. Continue alternating knit and purl stitches, ending with a knit stitch. Turn work. Keeping strands crossed to preserve the last cast-on stitch, work 1 row as foll: *p1, k1; rep from * to end.

Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3
      

Odd Number of Stitches

Version 1 (beginning and ending with k1)

With contrasting waste yarn and using the backward-loop method, cast on half the number of stitches required plus one (total sts + 1, divided by 2). Cut the waste yarn. With main color yarn work as foll:

Row 1 K1, *yo, k1; rep from * to end (Figure 1).

Row 2 K1, *sl 1 pwise wyf, k1; rep from * to end (Figure 2).

Row 3 *Sl 1 pwise wyf, k1; rep from * to last st, sl 1 pwise wyf.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 once more.

Next row K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end. Cont in k1, p1 rib as established, removing waste yarn after a few rows.

 

Figure 1 Figure 2
      

Version 2 (beginning and ending with p1)

With contrasting waste yarn and using the backward-loop method, cast on half the number of stitches required plus one (total sts + 1, divided by 2). Cut the waste yarn. With main color yarn work as foll:

Row 1 (WS) K1, *yo, k1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 Sl 1 pwise wyf, *k1, sl 1 pwise wyf; rep from * to end.

Row 3 K1, *sl 1 pwise wyf, k1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 once more.

Next row (RS) P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end. Cont in p1, k1 rib as established, removing waste yarn after a few rows.