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Get Some Stretch With Our Super Stretchy Picot Cast On!

Today's post is a wonderful cast on that looks similar to the Picot Cast on, but extremely stretchy! This cast on uses a double strand of yarn making it very sturdy too, and perfect for items that will get lots of wear. We love this cast on for socks and mittens, but you could use it on anything where you'd like a  beautiful and stretchy edging. [caption id="attachment_1410" align="aligncenter" width="400"]AD stretchy picot cast on Stretchy picot cast on for socks and mittens by Alpaca Direct[/caption] Step 1: Measure out a tail that is twice the length you would need for a longtail cast on. Fold this in half and make a slip knot where the two strands come together. Be sure to leave a shot tail for weaving in later. AD stretchy picot cast on Step 2: Place the slipknot on your needle. Hold the yarn in the slingshot position, with the single strand--the one connected to your ball of yarn--going over the index finger and the double strand tail around your thumb. Wrap the double strand counterclockwise twice around your thumb. [caption id="attachment_1412" align="aligncenter" width="640"]AD stretchy picot cast on  [/caption] Step 3: Reach the needle behind the single strand of yarn (the one on your index finger), as if making a yarn over. AD stretchy picot cast onStep 4: Insert the needle tip up under the two doubled tails on the thumb. AD stretchy picot cast on Step 5: Reach over the top of the single strand as you did in Step 3. AD stretchy picot cast on Step 6: Pull the loop through. AD stretchy picot cast on Step 7: Drop the earn from your thumb and pull on the ends so that stitches are snug on the needle. AD stretchy picot cast on You have just cast on 2 stitches! Repeat Steps 3-7. AD stretchy picot cast on Working the First Row After completing your cast on you'll notice that your first stitch (the slip knot) is a double strand. Depending on whether you need an even number of stitches or an odd number of stitches you'll work this double stranded first stitch differently. AD stretchy picot cast on Purl all the stitches with bumps on them. AD stretchy picot cast on Knit all the stitches without bumps. AD stretchy picot cast on Alternate knit and purl stitches until you come to your last stitch. AD stretchy picot cast on If you need an odd number of stitches you'll purl the two strands together. AD stretchy picot cast on If you need an even number of stitches you will p1, k1. AD stretchy picot cast on AD stretchy picot cast on We hope you'll give the Super Stretchy Picot Cast On a try! We'd love to hear how you've used it, and see your project photos, so please add your comments! This cast on can also be used for a stretchy edging on stockinette and k2, p2 ribbing.
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Posted by Mary G. on

Might I suggest you get someone to proof read your post for spelling? It makes it a little hard to follow. =)

Posted by James Hobart on

Thanks for letting us know. Somehow the spell check changed strand to strange! We fixed this.

Posted by Kay on

I like the pictures. They make the instructions very clear!

Posted by Joan T on

This is going to be the beginning of my next socks! starting tonight! needed a stretchy rib cuff!thank you!

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