Howdy, Spud & Chloë Pals! Neighbor Elizabeth here.
Well, how did the swatching go? Are you anxious to get started on your hat? Today, we’ll cover steps one and two of setting up our stitches for the tubular edge on the Chinese Lantern Hat using the Kitchener Rib Cast-On technique. (Step three will be covered next time, along with the chart.) This particular cast-on technique works well with the cotton/wool Outer yarn because it maintains its size and shape. I learned how to do this from one of my favorite knitting references, Big Book of Knitting by Katharina Buss.
For the cast-on/set-up row, you will need:
- Size K crochet hook
- Smooth waste yarn close in size to Outer
- The largest of the three needles sizes you will use for your hat
For my hat, I used several strands of thinner cotton yarn held together to match the weight of Outer as my waste yarn. The needle size you choose will be a US 10 (6 mm) or two sizes larger than the size required to match gauge (needed for Step Three). My largest needle size, based on my gauge swatch, is a US 10½ (6.5 mm).
Kitchener Rib Cast-On Using a Crochet Chain
The pattern tells us to loosely crochet a chain of a minimum of 29 sts with the waste yarn. It should be at least 30 sts, but I recommend more, in case you have difficulty getting your needle into the next stitch. (I made mine with 30, but would have been happier with 40. )
Turn the chain over, so the raised ridge of stitches is facing up, and begin to cast-on as follows:
Making Magic: Knitting the ribbed band and working from a chart!
~ Neighbor Elizabeth