Friday, March 20, 2015

Tubular Cast On Using Judy's Magic Cast On

I haven't had the obligatory cat photo for quite awhile.  I am calling this photo the March Miracle.  My cats don't exactly like each other.  The thing you need to know about his photo is that as much as I like my cats, I would not buy a sofa for them.  One of my daughters ordered this for her first apartment thinking it was a full sized sofa.  She gave it to the cats and they love it.

I had a wonderful trip to the Dayton Knitting Guild on Monday to teach.  My blog about the trip is on the website.  If it isn't there yet, it will be soon.

I didn't get many lessons to review this week but I had lots of emails with questions.  Keep the questions coming.  I am pretty good about responding immediately.

This tip falls into the category of self-serving.  I decided I wanted to do a tubular cast on for the Wine Dark Sea sweater.  I am using Size 0 needles the crochet chain method didn't sound too appealing.  I remembered the last time I did this with Redfish yarns I used Judy's Magic Cast On which I generally use for toe-up socks to do it.  When you do a tubular cast on, most sources tell you to use smaller needles as the tubular cast on tends to stretch out.  This isn't necessary if you use this method.  The resulting cast on is much tighter than other methods I have used.  (If you haven't used Judy's Magic Cast On you may want to check this previous posting:  Judy's Magic Cast On).  This photograph shows the cast on.

Most tubular cast on techniques require an odd number of stitches so you have to do some manipulation after the cast on to get an even number.  It is easy to do an even number of stitches with this cast on.

To use Judy's Magic Cast On for a tubular cast on, have half the number of total stitches on each needle.  If you want an uneven number, have one more stitch on one of the needles.  This is what I have done in the photograph below.  (I generally use two circular needles when I am going this for a tubular cast on.  It is less confusing.)

You work two rounds as you would for the toe of a sock.  Notice that there are 7 stitches on one needle and 6 on the other.

 You then fold the work and knit one stitch on the front needle and then purl the stitch on the back needle.  (If you are working an uneven number of stitches, start by purling the first stitch on the back needle and then knitting the first stitch on the front needle.)

Here is the final product.  Notice how tight the cast on is.  No need for smaller needles....

Here is the video which shows how to do this on an uneven number of stitches.  For an even number you start on the front needle.  For an uneven number you start on the back needle. Tubular Cast On using Judy's Magic Cast On

Salon will be on Sunday from 1:30-3:20 and you know why it is on Sunday instead of Saturday!

I am where I was when I decided to start over.  I am MUCH happier with the design.


  1. Thank you very much for your very interesting information. I like to use tubular cast on but I don't know to cast on with this method for a knit working in round. Do you know how to tubular cast on in round ?
    Excuse my bad English, but I'm French and I know that my English is not fluent ;-)
    Have a Nice day and week !

  2. thanks for the info I will try that