Basic E-Wrap Cast-On: Step-by-Step
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Basic E-wrap Cast-On for Bond™, USM™, ISM™ or other knitting machines that use a weighted hem.
Tips for e-wrap Cast-On:
- This is a basic, all purpose (but not very elastic) cast-on. If you are not careful in making your wraps loose, your cast on edge may pull in. So as you work across, periodically pull down on the hem, and use your thumb and palm to push the needle butts back, evening out the wraps (you can see this in the last frame of the animation.) Also, at the beginning of the row, you may have to snug your ravel cord by giving it a tug, this helps even up those first stitches.
- After you have e-wrapped all of your needles, either push all of the needles forward into FWP (forward working position) with the latches open and move the threaded carriage carefully and slowly across to knit the first row OR Knit the first row after the e-wrap by hand.
- Some knitters prefer to hang the hem with ravel cord, knit several rows of waste yarn, knit one row of ravel cord AND THEN do the e-wrap. Experiment and see what works best for you. If I am going to be doing ribbing right away, I like to use this latter method, rather than ribbing directly after the hem.