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Cast-on and Bind-off Tip for Featherweight Knitting

Cast-on and Bind-off Tip for Featherweight Knitting

We have created a super easy pattern designed to be knit in a featherweight, fuzzy yarn--think Fleece Artist O'Paca, Handmaiden Zambezi, or Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I knit the prototypes for this pattern in O'Paca using a pretty big (8 mm) circular needle.  Now, one thing I learned when I was knitting some Estonian lace patterns several years ago was the trick of working both the cast-on and bind-off  with double strands of yarn.  This adds a little more structure and heft to the fragile edges of a fluttery, weightless piece of lace-weight knitting. 

To double-up on the cast-on, you can easily pull a second strand from a second ball of yarn, if you have one. What I usually do, however, is generously estimate the yarn length required for the cast-on (think 1 inch per cast-on stitch), double the yarn from this point and cast-on.  After turning your work to begin knitting the first row, or after joining and beginning to knit the first round, drop the tail and work with the single strand.  Remember to work the doubled  strands on the needle together as single stitches.  Good light and a loose cast-on are essential here. When binding off, use one of the same approaches to double your yarn.  Remember to be generous in estimating yardage required for the bind-off and the importance of casting-on and binding off loosely.  You will weave the remaining tails into the work and trim to finish the piece. 

Have fun knitting with these great, lightweight yarns. Watch for the debut of my very special O'Paca-inspired pattern next week.

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