Channel Island Cast On Method

A Mini Series of Stretchy Cast On Methods
If you ever decide to try this cast on method, I don’t recommend using The Knitter’s Handbook to figure it out. The abbreviated explanation given in the book had me baffled so I ended up using this tutorial from Knit Picks.


I didn’t love this cast on method, but there weren’t any major problems with it. The biggest issue is that you’ll have to guesstimate a length for the tails like with the Long Tail Cast On, but you use double the tail so it’s even more of a waste if you guess wrong. That’s not a horribly big deal, but something about this CO just left me feeling a little “Meh” about it.


I don’t quite like the way the Channel Island Cast On looks. It seems a bit lumpy and bumpy to me. It is a good cast on method when you need something to stretch, though. The cast on edge went from 2 inches to 4.5 when stretched and it snapped back with no problems.

I’m not sure I’d use this one. My problems with it are merely aesthetic and it does work well as a CO method, but I have other options to try.






2 responses to “Channel Island Cast On Method”

  1. For the top of a sock, I don’t think I’d care how it looked as long as it snapped back. I’ve had the worst time with sock cuffs.

  2. Agree (LOTS).

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