Friday, 16 April 2010

1x1 tubular castoff (for cie, jo and maya)

Hello busybees - this is my version of techknitter's beautiful tubular castoff. Obviously it has been done many times before (you will see related videos on YouTube). This comes after the two complete rounds of double knitting, which requires going round four times, working and slipping knits and purls alternately.

It's so much easier to keep track of where you are than it is on two needles, and it's so much easier to keep the gauge consistent, that if I had two pieces to be grafted together I would consider transferring them to a single needle in order to do it this way. But maybe that would crowd the stitches too much and make it too slow and awkward.

But mainly I took the video because I keep forgetting exactly what the path is - which leg of each stitch should be worked in which direction - if I don't do it for a while. Having watched my own hands do it on video several times over, I can now play back in my head what it looks like, and for some reason the memory problem is solved. I'm not sure that watching someone else's hands, or watching in lower quality, would have worked.

The Object being finished is another hottie woollie.


maya said...

What a good idea, to make a video !!
I did learn a very similar method from a book a while ago, and have already forgot it, so this will be very handy.

Jo A said...

This is exactly the sort of thing I never do. But I definitely should. Thanks for the video.

Cie said...

Very nice (belatedly!).
I promise to try it next time I'm casting off any 1x1. For some reason I seem to be in garterstitchville at the moment.