The Nosegay KAL starts today, which means it’s time to cast on your stitches! Because Nosgay is worked from the bottom up, a stretchy CO method is needed. For a lot of people, the long-tail cast-on method will be stretchy enough, but there are tons of other options. You could also use a tubular cast-on method or the alternate cabled cast-on method. I’m using the alternate cabled cast-on method because it’s my favorite for 1×1 rib. It’s easy to work, and it’s super stretchy but also snaps back into shape nicely. The alternate cabled cast-on is worked like the cabled cast-on method, but instead of knitting in between every stitch, you alternate knits and puls. Here’s how to do it!
1. Start with a slip knot. The tail only needs to be long enough to easily weave in.
2. Insert you needle into the slip knot and knit a stitch, but do not drop the slip knot off your needle.
3. Slip the new stitch to the left needle.
4. Insert your needle in between the two stitches closest to the tip of your left needle purlwise.
5. Purl a stitch in between those stitches, but do not drop any stitches off your left needle. Slip the new stitch onto the left needle.
6. Insert you needle in between the two stitches closest to the tip of your needle knitwise.
7. Knit a stitch in between those stitches, but do not drop any stitches off your left needle. Slip the new stitch onto the left needle.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you’ve cast on enough stitches.