When you need a flexible cast on that stretches and moves with your fabric and still looks tidy, the Picot Chain Cast On is a great one to know! When you're working with lace or decreases that are aligned, the fabric pulls in, tapering to a smaller size. As it does this, it causes the cast on to flare out in order to adjust for the center row of decreases which will push downwards as the sides angle inwards. You'll find this when working Herringbone stitch too, or any stitch pattern where decreases are stacked.
This cast on is also good for top down sweaters that need to stretch over your head, yet bounce back into place for a good fit.
Here's how to do it:
Repeat last 2 steps until the number of loops along one side equals the number of stitches to be CO.
These steps form a loop on one side, then you turn and they form a loop on the other side. Once you have the correct number of stitches to be cast on on one side, stop. Don’t make the corresponding loop on the other side. The last remaining stitch left on the needle will become your first CO stitch.
Your cast on is almost done! Now you just need to place the stitches properly on your needle so you can begin to knit.
You can see how this cast on just flows around the edge without tightness. Yet it's not too "loud". It's a neat stretchy cast on with so many pretty uses.
Hello! I'm Donna Estin, knitwear designer, certified master knitter and instructor. I enjoy designing artistic knitwear that is comfortable. I specialize in sweaters with a contemporary silhouette.