The next CO method I tried was the Tubular Cast On. A lot of knitters swear by this one so I was expecting it to be a perfect stretchy cast on.
It’s not bad to work. The process is easy to work and it has the bonus of not having to guesstimate a tail like with the Long Tail CO. The edge it creates is quite pretty.
This CO takes a few rows to set up, but there are very few instances where that might be an issue. The rows of double knitting create a subtle roundness. I’m guessing that this would block flatter, but it’s not really all that noticeable.
As for it’s stretchy properties… Well, it kind of sucks in my opinion. It never completely relaxes with the ribbing. The ribbing on this swatch is 2 inches wide, but my cast on edge is 2.75 inches wide. The cast on edge does stretch like crazy (it stretched 5.5 inches), but it doesn’t snap back on it’s own. It remains stretched out until I give it a hard tug back into shape.
So would I use this one? Probably not. I think it could work when the ribbing is always going to be slightly stretched so the fact that the cast on edge doesn’t fold like the ribbing wouldn’t be noticeable. But having to tug it back into shape every time I stretch the edge is a deal breaker for me.
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