Here we have a quick and easy method for casting on in situations like lace where it is useful to have your cast on edge
be a little stretchier than it would otherwise be, so that you can block it
properly. What you’ll see that I’ve got here is the yarn that I’m going to use.
This is HiKoo Concentric Cotton. I have my lovely Addi Rocket Squared, which is the needle with the cable. It’s a circular needle that I’ll be using to knit, and then
as my extra needle here I have a tip from one of my Addi Click sets. But you
could just as easily use a short straight needle or a little double
pointed needle. And notice it’s about the same weight as the needle that I’ll be
knitting with. We’re going to use a long tail cast on method, and some people
begin that with a slipknot. But instead I like to set myself up as you see: put the
needle tips under the yarn, and then twist around once — and there is your
first cast on stitch. It makes a sort of neater beginning. From that point your
cast on is going to be just as it would usually be for a long tail cast on, but
you’ll notice that rather than using one tip I’m keeping these two tips held
together as one. That means that each of these stitches is going to be a bit bigger
than it would be if I were using only one needle. And now, because we’re using a
circular needle, every so often we will pull out the extra needle, and then put
it back in place again and cast on the next bunch of stitches. This cast on is
usually done with a pair of straight needles, but holding both needle tips
together when you have a cable connecting them is a bit difficult.
That’s why I like to use that second short needle tip. And so, again, every so many
stitches: out comes the extra needle. And what you’re left with in this cast on
row is beautiful stitches, nice and even, that have just a little bit extra so
they’ll stretch properly for you.