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The Knifty Knitter Drawstring Cast On
Drawstring Cast On
Cast On Drawstring for the Knifty Knitter Looms
A cast on drawstring is used in loom knitting to cinch shut one end of the finished project, such as the top of a knitted hat, or the toe of a pair of knitted socks. The drawstring prevents puckering and is particularly useful for small projects.
Making a cast on drawstring creates a finished, quality edge. No more puckered edges in your work once you've learned to wrap the loom with this cast-on drawstring. Like most knitting projects, you will probably need to use some trial and error to successfully create your first drawstring. Once, you understand how it's done, you'll find it's a piece of cake to do and well worth the time investment to learn.
You will need:
Here are some yarns you can use to get started. You will need a round loom to cast on a drawstring. Here we are using the blue loom.
- A round Knifty Knitter loom
- A Knifty Knitter hook
Instructions - Making the Cast On Drawstring
- Create a slipknot with the yarn. Secure the slip knot around the anchor peg of the Knifty Knitter loom.
- Wrap the yarn once around the outside of the loom as seen in the photo. Do not wrap each peg, simply wrap the yarn around the loom.
- Working clockwise around the loom and beginning with the peg just above the anchor peg, lay the yarn above the first yarn, as if wrapping it a second time.
- Knit off the first yarn by using the Knifty Knitter hook to lift the bottom yarn over the top yarn and off the peg.
- Moving to the next peg, pull the upper yarn toward you to get it out of the way as you knit off the bottom loop. In this step you are not pulling the loop over a second yarn, you are moving the upper yarn out of the way as you pull the bottom yarn up and off the peg. Refer to the photo to see how this should appear on the loom.Making an i cord on the knifty knitter loom
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 as you work your way around the loom. Step 4 be followed for the odd number pegs and Step 5 should be followed for the even number pegs.
- When you have reach the end of the first round, knit as usual. After you have knitted approximately 10 rounds of your knit project, you can release the slip knot from the anchor peg and cinch the end closed. To do this pull the drawstring, or end of the yarn just released from the anchor peg. Pull it until the knit closes. Push the yarn through the center opening and tighten it completely. Now that the yarn is on the under side of the project, rather than the side that will show, use a yarn needle to weave the drawstring yarn through a few stitches nearby, then secure it by tying it in a knot.
How to Use Your Cast On Drawstring
A Nifty Trick for the Knifty Knitter Looms
The next time you knit a hat, a pair of slippers, or any project that requires a cinched edge, remember to make a cast on drawstring as you begin your project on the Knifty Knitter loom. The drawstring makes cinching closed the end of the project much simpler and it has a very professional appearance.
Knifty Knitter Cast On Drawstring Videos - from YouTube
Here are a couple of good videos that show you how to do a cast on drawstring if you are still having trouble. Click on the small thumbnail at the bottom to load the second video.
How to Drawstring Cast On a Loom
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