Learn the Channel Island Cast On

Learn how to start your knitting projects with a Channel Island Cast On and add decorative, elastic edges to sweaters and socks.

| August 31, 2012

  • Cast On Bind Off
    “Cast On, Bind Off” presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier or whatever your project needs.
    Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing
  • Back Front
    Back and front of Channel Island cast on
    Photo By John Polak
  • Stockinette Profile
    Stockinette profile
    Photo By John Polak
  • Stockinette Close Up
    Stockinette close-up
    Photo By John Polak
  • Ribbed Close Up
    Ribbed cose-up
    Photo By John Polak
  • Ribbed Profile
    Ribbed profile
    Photo By John Polak
  • Make a Slip Knot
    Measure out a tail that is twice the length you would need for a Long-Tail Cast On. Fold this in half and make a slip knot where the two strands come together, leaving a short tail for weaving in later. Place the slipknot on your needle.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Slingshot Position
    Hold the yarn in slingshot position, with the single strand (the one connected to the ball of yarn) going over your index finger. Take the double-strand tail and loop it, counterclockwise, twice around your thumb.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Insert the Needle Tip
    Insert the needle tip up under the two doubled tails on the thumb.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Making a Yarnover
    Reach the needle behind the single strand of yarn, as if making a yarnover.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Pull a Loop Through
    Reach over the top of the single strand and pull a loop through.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Drop the Yarn
    Drop the yarn from your thumb and pull on the ends to snug the stitch.
    Photo By John Polak
  • Desired Number of Stitches
    Repeat steps 2 - 6 for the desired number of stitches. Note that this sequence makes 2 stitches: the first a yarnover and the second a knot.
    Photo By John Polak

  • Cast On Bind Off
  • Back Front
  • Stockinette Profile
  • Stockinette Close Up
  • Ribbed Close Up
  • Ribbed Profile
  • Make a Slip Knot
  • Slingshot Position
  • Insert the Needle Tip
  • Making a Yarnover
  • Pull a Loop Through
  • Drop the Yarn
  • Desired Number of Stitches

Expand your knitting repertoire and thumb through Leslie Ann Bestor’s Cast On, Bind Off (Storey Publishing, 2012). This one-of-a-kind reference teaches how to choose — and execute — the most appropriate, functional and effective means of creating professional and beautiful edges for any number of knitting projects. Start with this Channel Island Cast On and marvel at the decorative, long-lasting and strong, elastic edge it produces. This excerpt is taken from the chapter “Stretchy Cast Ons.” 

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Cast On, Bind Off.

Channel Island Cast On

a.k.a. Knotted

This cast on produces a strong, elastic edge with a series of bumps or knots, almost like picots. The flexibility makes it suited for top-down socks, while the decorative edge adds a nice bit of interest to edges of garments. Knitted ganseys often use this cast on, and because it is made with an extra strand of yarn, it holds up well. This technique makes an even number of stitches.



Characteristics

• Decorative edge
• Stretchy edge
• Strong and long-wearing edge

Good for

• Bottom edge of sweaters
• Cuffs
• Gansey sweaters





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