Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bread crumbs for Gretel


My IGK: Instant Gratification Knitting has hit a speed bump. Pattern? Check. Yarn? Check. Needles? Check. You would think I was ready to go, wouldn't you? But hold up! What is this thing called "tubular cast-on for 2x2 ribbing"? As my nieces would say, "Gretel, say wha?" (It's a Hannah Montana thing.)

I've never attempted a tubular cast on. Is it as scary as it sounds? I have found several tutorials, each with their own way of doing things, so this has left me more confused.

So I am asking for some help or bread crumbs, if you will, so I can find my way back from this forest of uncertainty. Is the tubular cast on really worth it? If it is, what is the best (read "so easy Kara couldn't possibly mess this up") method?

16 comments:

sulafaye said...

Yes yes yes, it is so totally worth it! It will make you feel like the most magical person on earth (or maybe that's just me). The way I do it, there are two annoying parts: 1) crochet cast on, which really isn't too annoying, just a bit time consuming; and 2) the row where the magic happens. I found this tutorial that seems pretty good to me from "My Fashionable Life":

http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2005/11/tubular_cast_on.html

and this one has good pics too:

http://yscmama.typepad.com/little_purl/2005/06/tubular_cast_on.html

Ok, and I'll say it, I have screwed this up before, but the result is soo worth the time! My last advice for this ridiculously long comment: use a smooth and not splitty at all yarn for the cast on, and do the magic row when you are feeling patient and well-lit (as in, in good lighting, not the other kind!).

Ashley said...

It really is totally worth it. Do you have the Vogue Knitting book? The one I like is in there--it's Version A.

the Lady said...

You could always ask Ysolda. She seems quite approachable. Good luck!

Cobbalicious said...

I am the lone, lazy, dissenting voice in the crowd. I use the same exact cast-on technique I use for every single project. It's the first one I learned, it's very fast, and I don't even know what it's called. I chose to stop feeling guilty about it about three months ago, because it's highly elastic and I've never had another knitter ask one of those tainted questions about what type of cast-on I used.

There. My evil secret is out.

FunkyKnitWit said...

It is pretty dang cool, I have to say, but it's fiddly. I have only ever done tubular cast on for 1x1 rib, so I don't know if it goes any differently for 2x2. I usually just use the crochet cast-on for ribbing, anyways. Besides tubular, I find it is the least conspicuous. If you do that, just make sure it's really loose!

Sharon said...

I'm battling with a 2x2 tubular cast-off and loosing... It's different and feels wonderful once you've master a new technique. Knitting does look more professional with it, but it really isn't the focal point of a piece. Since a 1x1 is easier, I would get comfortable with it before doing a 2x2. That's where I am with my tubular bind-off!

Stella said...

Well, it takes significantly longer than say, a longtail cast on, but it's not difficult really. And I think it's totally worth it.

It doesn't have pics or anything, but I use these instructions -- they're nice and concise:

http://www.math.unl.edu/~gmeisters1/papers/Knitting/techniques.html

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I'm sorry, I cannot be of any help in that. But, I'd love for you to share what ended up working best for you when you get over that speed bump :-)

amanda said...

Thanks for posting about this because I bought Gretel 2 days ago and thought the same thing! Sounds like it's worth it, from the comments here, so I'll give it a try. Worst case is that it gets screwed up and then I just do the regular ol' long tail cast on. good luck!

nova said...

I would definately recommend doing the tubular cast on if that is what the pattern calls for, it makes for a super stretchy caston that looks virtually seamless from the knitting. There are really good instruction for it in Charlene Schurch's "Hat's On!" If you don't have the book or can't get to a copy to look at let me know and I will dig my copy out.

Nonnahs said...

Looks like people already provided links I was about to send you. Good luck! let us know how it turned out!

Oh and PS: Pushing Daisies - yes! :)

tiennie said...

I learned from this site which includes video!

http://www.fluffbuff.com/2006/07/tubular_caston_without_the_was_1.html

After I learned, I went right back to my basic cast-on. The tubular is pretty so it's up to you!

The Happy College Knitter said...

I'm also a fan of the tubular cast on--it adds a very pretty element to the finished item. The beret itself is adorable so no matter what you choose it will look awesome!

knitseashore said...

I think Laura at Stream of Consciousness just posted something about a tubular cast-on (maybe 3-4 posts back). I'm sorry I can't help, but let us know what you find out!

Katherine Of It All said...

Oh my gosh, I love the bread crumbles.

Meredith Whitney said...

It is comforting to know that after our daily phone conversation you have a nightly photo shoot -- like this one, including bread crumbs. Ohh, I love my bff.