Knit Today Magazine - - Garter Stitch Cowl -

The sim­ple cast off creates a firm, hard-wear­ing edge but it can be­come quite tight and pull in at the edges of your work. If you find this hap­pen­ing make sure you aren’t tight­en­ing your yarn af­ter drop­ping off your stitch (step 2). If you are still find­ing it’s too tight, try go­ing up a nee­dle size or two, by us­ing a larger nee­dle in your right-hand to cre­ate big­ger stitches to cast off with. 1 Knit two sts. Now insert the tip of your left-hand nee­dle into the first stitch you knit­ted on your right-hand nee­dle, from left then right, as in the above pic­ture. 2 Con­tin­u­ing to use left-hand nee­dle tip, lift first stitch up and over the se­cond stitch you knit­ted, drop it off the right nee­dle first, then off the left-hand nee­dle. 3 Knit a stitch so that you have two stitches on your right nee­dle and re­peat the cast off as be­fore un­til your last stitch. Break your yarn, thread it through the fi­nal stitch and pull taut.

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