Simply Knitting - - Ask The Experts - Kirstie

QI al­ways find that I cast on way too tightly, mak­ing all my hems and cu s un­com­fort­able. No mat­ter what I do, I can’t seem to cast on any looser! Is there a sim­ple knit­ting trick to stop me from do­ing this?

Sam Collins, Crymych

You could try cast­ing on us­ing a nee­dle one size big­ger than the pat­tern states and then use the proper size when you start knit­ting. Al­ter­na­tively, you could try chang­ing the way you cast on. The good news is there are quite a few di er­ent cast ons you can try – if you turn to page 92 you’ll find two of our favourite op­tions to get you go­ing. You could also look back at our is­sue 174 where top tech­ni­cal writer, Rosee Wood­land ex­plains a whole host of creative cast ons, some of which we’re sure will suit your ten­sion.

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