Vicki Square

More Ways to Cast On & Bind Off

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Author and pattern designer Vicki Square is passionate about variety and versatility, and she's ready to share that passion with you! Learn methods to prepare for new cast-ons and bind-offs before Vicki shares tips for choosing the best technique for each project. You'll also get a quick refresher on basic skills.
Learn some handy variations of the standard long-tail cast-on! After reviewing the original, Vicki walks you through the double long-tail and Norwegian long-tail. And if you're in the mood for some color, you'll also discover Vicki's two-color cast-on, a clever way to add flair from the start.
Move on to decorative cast-ons, as Vicki shows you how to give your projects a more dramatic start. She'll guide you step by step through the Channel Island, picot and I-cord cast-ons: all fairly simple to master with practice. Plus, they all have matching bind offs for perfect symmetry!
What if you're working from the middle out? Vicki's got you covered with handy circular cast-ons. The simple circular loop yarn over is great for a tight, tidy center, while the crochet pinhole method is perfect for lacy looks.
If you're working with a patterned or textured project, you may want to start with a ribbed cast-on. Vicki shows you the tubular stockinette hem, great for simple ribs. Then, move on to the fun and flexible Estonian fringe and the more understated picot ribbing cast-on.
After so many wonderful ways to start your project, you'll need some equally great finishes! Vicki has few new twists on the basic bind-off: the sloped method is great for smooth, angled edges, and the yarn over method is great for stretch. As you tackle these styles, you'll even learn how to bind off in pattern!
Remember the fun, decorative cast-ons you learned earlier? Vicki walks you through the matching bind-offs in this lesson. Start with the textured and firm Channel Island bind-off, move on to the eye-catching I-cord bind-off and finish with a pretty picot bind-off.
Need a little something extra to make your projects even more unique? Vicki shares her favorite special bind-offs with you. The long crochet chain makes fun scallops, the ruffle adds visible flair, the circular method is handy for round projects, and the Kitchener graft is a must-have for seamless joins.
 
 
8 Lessons
2  hrs 8  mins

Discover new twists on a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs with knitting author and instructor Vicki Square. You’ll learn how to choose and use the best method for any project, beginning with the Norwegian long-tail, double-tail and two-color cast-ons. Then, give your projects decorative flair with the Channel Island, picot, and I-cord cast-ons. Working in the round? Vicki shares her trick for circular cast-ons with the neat loop yarn over and the lacy crochet pinhole method. For a patterned or textured project, you’ll move step by step through the tubular stockinette hem, fancy Estonian fringe or picot ribbing cast-on. Ready to bind off? You’ll start with the smooth sloped and stretchy yarn over methods before Vicki shares the Channel Island, picot and I-cord bind-offs. Plus, you’ll get tips for creating scalloped, ruffled, seamless and circular finishes.

Vicki Square

Vicki learned to knit from her grandmother at the age of 6, and she's never looked back. Today, her passion has grown to include instructing and designing, and she travels the country to teach fellow knitters at events of all shapes and sizes. Vicki contributes regularly to popular magazines and pattern collections, and is also the author of The Knitter's Companion and Knit Great Basics, just two of her many titles.

Vicki Square

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