I think it’s clear by now that I like Classic Elite Yarns a lot – Pam Allen is their superstar creative director and their yarns are awesome. This week, one of my patterns from ‘Knitting Classic Style’ is the featured pattern for CEY’s weekly web-letter. It looks a little different than it did in the book: it was originally knit in Montera, a Llama/wool combination well suited to the coldest of days.

Thinking that it had potential for year-round wear, I began to look for a cooler yarn and found Sundance. Cotton is as confortable as it is easy to care far, but it’s heavy and inelastic. However, Sundance is only half cotton: its other half is microfiber, a synthetic both lighter and more elastic than cotton. While I was swatching, I also tried Soft Linen and Cotton Bamboo (both CEY); two strands of each would have worked as well, but I loved the look of Sundance.

Also, I was eager to have this cardigan re-knit in order to showcase some of the possibilities which couldn’t be shown in the book. In it, the cardigan as above is shown in a larger size on a man while two women model a short sleeved version with waist shaping. Furthermore, it was decided during the tech editing process not to call for any special cast-ons or bind-offs unless essential to the pattern. I very often use the tubular cast-on and bind-off, but it does take much longer than any other method and Charlotte* and I feared it might put some knitters off the pattern.

But since this is the web, all this can be included. Which brings me to today’s tutorial: the two strand tubular cast-on. This method differs from most tubular cast-ons in that it does not use any waste yarn to begin – you simply launch right into the pattern. It can also be used to cast om an odd number of stitches, whereas the waste yarns versions cast on an even number of stitches (which can be fudged, but that’s a little cheat). It’s usually followed by at least 2 rows of [k1, slip 1 with yarn in front(sl1 wyif)], but I often just launch straight into the pattern if I’m working a 1×1 twisted rib as was done for st-denis.

I’ve made a little tutorial for it on flickr but I’m also trying a little something new – a tutorial for Ipods. Just right click on the link, download the linked file to your hard drive then drag it into your Itunes folder and it should be all set to go. If it works out for you guys, I’ll make one for the stem stitch bind-off tutorial. So, let me know if it does, all right?

  • Carol

    Thanks for the tutorial on tubular cast on. Tried it and it actually works!!!! So many times I try these things and they just don’t come out right. Keep knitting.

  • http://www.businessbyreferrals.net/ Vicki Stammer

    Veronik, what wonderful serendipity just to have noticed Classic Elite’s newsletter in my inbox and to find that you’ve provided a filmed tutorial to make the work even clearer.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pattern and for your personal guidance and perceptions for its successful execution!

    Vicki Stammer

  • Harper

    Thanks for the tutorial. But what I really came over to say — The St Denis Cardigan is a beautiful pattern. And the details you include like the short rows on the shoulder truly set it apart. Hmm, I’m thinking maybe a St Denis vest?

  • http://www.majorknitter.typepad.com Jennifer

    Veronik – thanks so much for the wonderful information share – the thoughts on the yarn, the amazing video-tutorial and your creative genius. The cardigan is beautiful. Thanks a million.

  • Pat Shufflebarger

    Thanks so much for this tutorial on the tubular cast on. The instructions are very helpful and easy to follow. Since seeing something done is easier for me to understand than just reading about it, this is very helpful to me and I have downloaded it to my iPod. Wish I had found this site earlier. Thanks again.

  • Debbie

    Thank you for your efforts. The tutorial is something I will use. I love your designs! You’re one of my favorite designers.

  • Dee

    Worked perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing. I love learning new techniques.

  • http://www.theenthusiast-heather.blogspot.com Heather

    Thank you for posting the two-stranded cast-on. It is my new favorite thing in knitting, and has prodded me to learn about tubular cat-ons and cast-offs more broadly. They are so beautiful and useful I’m thinking of giving a demo at my LYS.

  • Kate/Massachusetts

    I LOVE this sweater and am planning on making it in the Sundance that you have used. The tubular cast on video is very helpful. However, I have looked all over your blog and the pattern for directions/links to the tubular bind off but don’t seem to find it. Have I missed it? Or, can you recommend an online tutorial for it? Thanks so much!