The reason it is important that you Cast On loosely is so that your edges are not
unacceptably tight and uncomfortable. Here are
three ways to ensure that your cast on edges are loose enough.
Why Bind Off Loosely?
This is especially crucial when Binding
Off for a neckline. If you Bind Off tightly you may not be able to get a crew neck or
turtleneck over your head. Also, if you are knitting from the top down, you need to
Bind Off loosely so that your hems and sleeve edges are not uncomfortably tight. To Bind
Off loosely, try one of these suggestions.
Of course, since knitting is one of the oldest crafts, with samples going back
to prehistoric times, there are many more ways of Casting On and Binding Off. There are
also innumerable knitting books, journals, and online sources for finding other methods.
Here is a list of a few of my favorites which you might want to check out of
the library or buy:
Big Book of Knitting by Katherina Buss
Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley
Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book
Mary Thomas's Knitting Book by Mary Thomas
Next week we will discuss Controling Tension, something I TRY to do in more ways
Please check back every week for more helpful
Knitting Tips from the Guru.