Knitted Cast On: Adding Stitches in the Middle

Vest Project

I started knitting a new vest this weekend and I am really enjoying it. The pattern, Emsworth, is designed by Isabell Kraemer. Since I want a light indoor layer, I am knitting with a DK wool, but it would be great knitted with Rylie by HiKoo or Luma. Both yarns would be a great weight for spring and fall when a light layer is appreciated.

One of the pleasures of this project is the lace pattern. When I first looked at the pattern, I thought that the panels on the front and back were cable, but they are a lace design achieved by yarn-over increase and decreases of K2tog and SSK. The top-down construction is interesting. First, you knit the right shoulder, then the left shoulder. The two are joined after knitting the left shoulder, casting on thirty-four stitches, and reconnecting the right shoulder. It is simpler than it sounds!

Cast On Bind Off Book

The directions specified a crochet cast-on, which works well when stitches are needed in the middle of a piece, such as this bridge between shoulders. Since I have not used the crochet cast-on in quite a while, I checked Cast On Bind Off and then a video tutorial, Knitted Cast-On, by KnitFreedom (below).  It is nice to read and refer to written instructions, as well as view the technique.



 Beginning of Project with Knitted Cast On

Many instructions suggest a backward e loop for casting on in the middle of a piece, and it is my usual go-to method. The Knitted Cast on has a tidy edge and is easier to knit into than a backward e loop on the second row. As you can see in the photo above, there are no loose gaps between the knitted stitches and the cast-on stitches marked with gold stitch markers. I will certainly use this method again. Check it out, you might want to give it a try.