I won this wonderful book from Weekend Knitter. It has came in so handy while I knit hats for the August charity. I never knew there were this many different cast on.
I used a different cast on for each hat I knit last month. It was a good opportunity to try some new stitches. When I learned to knit my Mom taught me to cast on with a long tail. A few years ago I learned the knitted cast on which is my current favorite. Sometimes I get fancy on my stranded mittens and use two different colors in my cast on.
This book has so many more cast ons to try. And even better it explains where you might want to use each one. The photos are clear and the directions precise. The book is small enough to go into my bag and travel with me. And the spiral binding means I can lay it on the table open to the page I am using with out weighing it down to keep it open.
But thats not all the book covers binding off – so when I am done with my knit I can pick the right bind off. My bind off can match the cast on. While this might not seem important to everyone – there are times you want to match. Each method outlined in the book tells you where you might want to use it. There are stretchy cast ons and bind offs. There are lacy ones- ribbed and temporary ones. I am going to work my way through the book and I am sure I will find myself with new favorites.
Charity hats is the perfect place to experiment with cast ons. I like to keep a project in the car to work on when we are driving somewhere. And then there is always something in my hands while we are watching tv. The Ravelry group Itty bitty Knits sponsers a charity each month and this month is Hats for Sailors. Hats for Sailors began several years ago by a female commander who wanted to provide warm hats for every sailor under her command, she enlisted the help of her mom and the knitters/crocheters of Ravelry. Hats for Sailors continues its mission to handmade hats to entire crews one ship at a time. Currently they are trying to outfit the USS Decatur who left on an 8th month deployment in August. So tonight while I watch the Packers play I will be working on a hat for a sailor and using a new to me cast on.