[SIZE=16px]Hello everyone! How about a mid-week supplement about Cast On Methods?
At this point everyone may know how the traditional Tunisian Crochet cast on is done to form the foundation row. If not, see below:
Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Create a chain [/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px](1) Insert your hook into the back bump of the second chain from the hook.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px](2) Yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave that loop on your hook.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your "Forward Pass". Don't turn your work.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.[/SIZE]
This method is great for small projects or blocks you intend to join together. It’s a very sturdy & structured cast on but has little stretch.
Let explore some alternatives!
Single Crochet Cast-On - Start by creating a Chainless Foundation Single Crochet row. Turn your work, pull up a loop in the 2nd sc from the hook, continue pulling up loops in each sc across to the end. Use the basic return pass. This method has more stretch to it while providing a structured foundation.
I-Cord - Though it would certainly be lot of work to make an I-Cord as the foundation for a large project, it would make a beautiful edge. Crochet I-Cord / Knit I-Cord Make an I-Cord to your desired length, turn, pull up loops in the stitches along the edge of the I-Cord. Take care to pull up the loops along the same column of stitches along the I-Cord.
Knitting Cast Ons - Any knitted cast on method can be used with Tunisian Crochet. Some have better results than others. The Long-Tail Cast On & Wrap Cast On don’t have enough structure to properly hold tension with Tunisian Crochet, but there are so many more that work well. Use your favorite cast on then a basic return pass and you have your foundation row.[/SIZE]