Tubular cast on

I decided to do Eunny’s mitten pattern as a little pick-me-up because I could use a little knitdistraction. Right in the beginning of the pattern, it says something like she assumes you know how to do a tubular cast on. I read that, and I’m all yeah, I know my tubular cast ons and tubular cast offs. But it’s been a few years, so I did a quickie refresher by checking teh interwebs, and I find clear and similar instructions here and here, so I’m all set.

Except I overlooked some little thing about a stockinette tubular cast on vs a ribbed tubular cast on, and it won’t. fit. over. my. hand. Great googly moogly!

I ripped it out, followed Montse Stanley’s tubular cast on (the one with the yarnovers), and now it fits over the moose knuckles.

Because I can’t seem to leave any pattern alone, I also monkeyed with the colors. In an attempt to use stash yarn, I pulled out my palette of J&S Shetland samples and picked what I thought were coordinating colors. The first attempt (unpictured) combined grey and lavendar for the background and a series of purplish-pinks for the contrast. The background colors were too different in value and formed stripes that reminded me of sports socks. The next try came out much better – the changes are so subtle that I’m not even sure I can see them.

The color is pretty accurate in the last photo. I like!

15 thoughts on “Tubular cast on”

  1. That looks to be a fun pattern. I need to knit myself some mitts, since it’s been so cold here, to wear UNDER another set of full mittens, but I’m thinking 2-tone angora maybe.

  2. Nice! They’re definitely on my to-do list– I’ll remember to be careful around the caston (it’ll be my first tubular cast on) :)

  3. I’ve been eyeing that pattern for a while. I’m actually making a pair of her endpaper mitts just to try out one of her patterns. Thanks for the tubular caston/off info.

  4. I had the exact same problem with this pattern. I finished the mitten before I realised though, so am planning to cut and reknit downwards.

  5. I just knit these mittens and had the same problem! Nothing’s quite as painful as ripping out painstakingly small 2-colour ribbing… I didn’t try a different sort of tubular c/o, just did a cable c/o instead and they look good to me.
    Good luck with the mittens!

  6. It looks beautiful! I love the color combination. Btw– could you please post an update when you get to the thumb gussett? That always stymies me when it comes to mittens.

  7. FYI – I learned your first type of tubular cast on years ago, but the initial knitting was done on needles 3 sizes bigger than your ribbing needles. That might have given you a little more stretch. But thanks for the heads up – I’ve just recently seen the yo variety and I’m getting ready to start those mittens next week, so I’ll have to study up on which version will be better.

  8. That’s interesting, I didn’t realize there was more than one tubular cast on. I did the yo’s on mine, but my poor SP9 partner has re-knit the cuff three times now! Maybe she’s doing the non-yo variety.

  9. I ripped my cuff and ended up doing a long tailed cast on. I did a tubular cast on twice (on different sized needles) before giving up on it. Obviously I know the “wrong” method. I have one mitten done and am about to start the second.

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  10. Hi,

    I love your blog, and I mostly lurk. While I’m late to this conversation, I’m curious after reading the frustrations from the other commentators about why one would choose a tubular cast on in place of a long tail? What quality does it bring?

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