The Breakers cowl in my new book, Tempest uses a really simple but not widely known stitch pattern called double garter stitch. It’s a great pattern that can use any number of stitches and it’s worked the same on both sides, just like garter stitch. While it’s possible to use a conventional cast on, I developed a Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On so the double garter stitch pattern is worked from the very beginning.
Breakers has three tutorials, but trust me, it is a simple knit once you know how.
Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On Video Tutorial
Recently a knitter was asking me a couple questions about her double-wrap long tail cast on because she was worried it was too tight. So I want to share with you some of the advice I gave her. These tips also can be applied to any long tail cast on, not just the double-wrap long tail cast on.
Long Tail Cast-On Tips
When the cast on is complete you’re ready to work a WS row. Essentially a long tail cast-on is comprised of a foundation cast on row (like a backwards loop or half-hitch cast on) plus a knit row.
With any long tail cast-on it’s easy to accidentally make the cast-on edge too tight. You may have heard the mistaken advice to do the cast-on on a larger needle or around two needles held together. All this will do is leave you with a too tight cast on foundation row and then a really loose first row of stitches (that first knit row that’s part of the cast on).
You need to create some space between your CO sts to avoid a tight cast on. The way I create extra space is to pinch the needle with my right thumb and forefinger after the last CO st worked. Then when I cast on the next stitch, I don’t allow it to snuggle in close to the previous stitch. With my thumb and finger pinching the needle I’m reserving space so the stitches don’t get too close. I also make a point not to tighten the cast on as I go. It was a hard habit to unlearn!
If you have any technique questions for me, just ask!