KNITTING – How does long-tail cast on work for ribbing if it creates a first row of “all knit”?

Question by Michelle A: KNITTING – How does long-tail cast on work for ribbing if it creates a first row of “all knit”?
I’m read ing on the internet that long-tail cast on is a good cast on method to use for ribbing. However, I’m confused because ribbing involves both knit and purl stitches, and yet the long-tail creates a first row of “all knit” stitches. So how does that turn out if I do long-tail cast on and then start ribbing? Am I missing something in the instructions?

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Answer by scar3899
Kind of confusing for I had to read it multiple times, but just start ribbing and if it doesn’t look right, unravel it and try something else…sorry if I’m not much help.

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3 Comments/Reviews

  • WRen says:

    No, you’re not missing anything. It’s true that technically the long tail cast-on creates all knit, but it does not affect the ribbing whatsoever. The cast-on row is basically zero/neutral and it won’t make the ribbing look strange.

  • Grace M says:

    You are certainly correct that long-tail cast-on creates a first “knit” row, but as the other answer stated, this does not usually create any problems. You’ll see when you begin your rib rows that first “knit” row actually moves under the ribs and is not highly visible. One of the reasons that people use the long-tail cast-on is that it provides a stretchy base, which works well with ribs and the lower portion of sweaters, which must withstand a considerable amount of pulling.

    You’ll find that most commercially knitted garments also use a cast on that creates the same first row as your garment will exhibit, so don’t fear, just knit on!!

    Good luck!

  • mickiinpodunk says:

    Yes, that row is cast on as knit stitches as has been indicated and it is minimally visible, however, there are methods to long-tail cast on in purl too. Or you can knit on and alternate adding your stitches in knit and purl to avoid that one row of all knits.

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