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Karen M writes:
I wonder if you can help me with the cast on for Kiri. I keep screwing it up despite having read about it and trying it several times. I am so frustrated . . .
The cast-on used for Kiri is similar to one that I’ve used for other triangular shawls. It can be fiddly, particularly if you are doing it in mohair. When I started Kiri, I had my doubts about my cast-on, wondering if I was going to have to rip it out and start over. I decided to wait until I had a couple of inches done, and look at it again. It turned out just fine.
So I thought I’d do a pictorial here on the Kiri cast-on. I’m doing this in a non-fuzzy yarn so it’ll be easier to see what’s going on.
The first thing you do is cast on 3 stitches using a provisional cast-on. I crocheted a chain using waste yarn with a few more loops than I needed, like so:
Using the yarn for the shawl, I knit 3 stitches into 3 loops of the chain made from the waste yarn:
Then I knit 14 rows:
Now, the instructions tell you to knit up 1 stitch in each of the ridges created by the garter stitch. I have 14 rows, so I have 7 garter stitch ridges. I pick up and knit 7 stitches:
Now I undo the provisional cast-on and knit those last three stitches:
I have a total of 13 stitches — the 3 “live” stitches I started with, the 7 stitches picked up from the garter ridge, and 3 stitches picked up from the provisional cast-on.
Now I can start following the directions for working the shawl.
Here’s the cast-on edge in my Kiri:
And here’s how I am knitting Kiri:
As you can see, Lucy is an integral part of the process!
I haven’t gotten much knitting time in on Kiri this weekend — the KOARC and I put on our geek hats yesterday and installed Windows Vista on one of my dad’s computers. It went pretty smoothly, but it took over 5 hours to get everything installed and configured correctly!
So, to distract you from my appalling lack of progress, wool pr0n!
The colorway of this skein is Tokyo Rose. The name of the yarn just cracks me up:
The winner of the Martha Grimes mystery novel is Mary H. Mary, I’ve emailed you.
“Come play hide and seek with me?”