Transform Your Knitting with the Magic Cast-On
An in-person class with Lorilee Beltman
Nov 11, 2:00-5:00pm PST
If you think the magic cast-on is just for toe-up socks, you are missing out on a slew of opportunities to transform your knitting, and you’ll love this class!
Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven’t learned it yet, or you’ve only used it for toe-up socks, here’s a perfect opportunity to expand your skills. What’s exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through several ways to apply it.
Symmetrical lace scarves? You don’t have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don’t have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don’t have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on. Infinity loop cowls? You don’t have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don’t have to sew down, and you don’t have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you’re in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many projects encountered in your knitting life.
Lorilee can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits each.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class
Students must be confident with basic knitting skills. Students don’t need experience with the magic cast on – it will be taught in class.
• 50 grams worsted-weight wool or wool-blend yarn in a color that is easy to see.
• Circular needles 32 inches or 40 inches long. (24 inches is too short.) Bring a needle kit, or three needles in a range appropriate for worsted-weight, and including one needle a couple sizes smaller than your biggest one. Gauge is not critical for class, and Lorilee will have some needles to loan.