Saturday, April 21, 2012

Miette 10: Row 25

I know of a few people who are really coming along with their sweaters!  I've actually been working like crazy on my Winnie sweater, so I'd better catch up!

I've heard from a couple people that they find Row 25 confusing, so I wanted to put up a couple pictures.  In row 25, you're told to cut the yarn and then cast on 10 stitches, purl across the live stitches already on the needle, then cast on another 10 stitches at the other end of the row.   The reason Andi has you do it this way is so that one side of the front neck doesn't end up being one row higher than the other side - since we're using heavier yarn, this would show.  Here's how I did it:

I cut my yarn, leaving about a 6" tail.  Using the end of my needle I would have used if I were just going to purl back across the row, I used the long tail method to cast on my 10 new stitches, then purled across the row using that same end of the needle.  After I'd purled a few stitches, I just tied the cut end and the end from the new cast on together loosely:

At the other end of the row, I used the knitting on method to cast on another 10 stitches.  The cast on at this end doesn't involve cutting the yarn:

Bear in mind that I'm showing you the right side of the work, but you'll be doing this row on the wrong side (purling).

I used long tail and knitting on cast ons because those are the easiest for me, and they're very basic (i.e. not decorative).  But you can use any cast on method that works for you.  The important thing is that both the cast ons happen on the same row, to avoid one side of the neck being higher than the other.  There are some videos of different cast on methods here.

Happy knitting!


  1. Thanks for doing this post! I'm going to definitely refer to this for my next row, though I admit it's still a bit scary (but I'm sure I'll manage it!)

    What is the reason for using two different types of cast on?
    And as for the knot, do you just leave it as is on the inside when the cardigan is done?

    Sorry for all the questions, haha :) I'm one of those people!

    1. The knitting on method is best for adding stitches to the end of the row. I could have used it at the beginning of the row too, after cutting the yarn. But I used the long tail method because it's my go-to cast on, so it's faster for me! No other reason really!

      After the sweater is done, we'll untie the knots and weave in the ends.

    2. Fantastic help as always! :)

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    1. Hi Sydney:

      I had to reread my post before replying - it's been quite a while! And I realized that the photos are not really representative of what goes on. They are showing how the piece looks several rows later.

      You're going to do this cast-on after working row 24, which is a right-side row (knits). So you'll cut the yarn and cast on 10 new stitches independent of your sweater using whatever cast-on method you like. Then with that same needle, continue on across row 25, which is a wrong-side (purl) row - you will just be purling across. Once you reach the end of the row, cast on an additional 10 stitches at that end - in this case, you'll probably want to use the knitting-on method or the cable cast-on. I wouldn't recommend backward loop here because it tends to be very loose and you'll have a hard time picking up your neckband later.

      Hope that helps!

  3. gail, thanks for this! i would have never made it through row 25 without you. the key for me was that after purling the live stitches from left to right, i turned around the work before knitting on the last 10 stitches. if you don't turn around the work you end up with stitches on the wrong side. as you can see i'm a newbie!

    1. I'm glad you understood it. As I look at these photos now, over a year later, it seems a little confusing to me because I show the work several rows after this cast on, but I don't mention that!