Tubular Cast On

Last week at coffee, my friend showed me how to do tubular cast on, a new ribbing cast on that I'm now in LOVE with.  Although it takes a bit more effort, it leaves a professional finished edge and it stretches indefinitely!  No more of the dreaded, "Will my cast on stretch around the toddler's head??" {You know you've been there!}  I tried to make a video to show you this, but let's just say my video taping skills are vastly inferior to my knitting skills.  I took out the white flag and surrendered.  Photos are helpful too, so here we go...

First, with some waste yarn of the same weight, cast on half the number of stitches + 1 stitch.  Knit in stockinette stitch for 4 rows.  {If you're knitting in the round, just cast on half the number of stitches}

Next, with your project color; purl one row, knit one row, purl one row, knit one row.
{If knitting in the round, join and knit four rounds}

Now, you see those little green purl blips on the backside of your work?  You are going to be working into those stitches to form a rolled over or tubular edge.  Amazing, I know.  

Purl the first stitch, then lift the first purl blip and knit into it:  see photo below.  {For working in the round; knit the first stitch and purl the lifted stitch}  Do this all the way across and you should end up with a 1x1 ribbing in the actual number of stitched needed to cast on.

The waste yarn can now be removed by picking out the rows.  {And no the stitches won't all fall out.  My friend said so.  I secretly didn't believe her, but it's true.}

 And here's what it looks like up close.  A nice rolled, seamless finished edge.

Go ahead and try it!  Besides, if you have any questions, just ask and I'll do my best to help out.  
Also, don't forget to join in with Ginny over at her Yarn Along. I'm sure you can find lots of inspiration for your new found knitting skill!

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