YarnCraft Episode 129 :: Favorite Cast-Ons, Bind-Offs, Foundations, and Trims

20 Nov

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We’re back! Après le déluge (or the hurricane, as it happens to be), Zontee and Michelle are back with favorite cast-ons, bind-offs, foundations, and more. Find out which cast-ons or starting chain methods are the best for your needs on this episode of YarnCraft.

We explore techniques including Judy’s Magic Cast-On, Magic Ring, Cable Cast-On, Picot Cast-On and Cast-Off, No-Chain Foundations, and more. Patty Lyons, Studio Director of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and head of the education department, joins us to talk about all these techniques, which she teaches 3 classes about.

For additional resources, be sure to check out YouTube, as well as these two books that have come out in the last year:

For trim patterns, visit the Lion Brand StitchFinder.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Lion Brand staff tell us what’s on their holiday yarncrafting wish list. Supplies they’re interested in include LB Collection Cashmere (what else?), LB Collection Baby Alpaca, a ball winder and yarn swift, yarn cutter pendant, and more.

In two weeks, join us for our next episode, when talk about our top one-skein projects for holiday gifts. Tell us what your favorite holiday gift patterns are. Share by leaving a message on the blog or emailing us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276. 

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

00:10 Intro & welcome
01:54 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
06:29 Listener call
08:14 Cast-Ons, Bind-Offs, Foundations, and Trims with Patty Lyons
24:55 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
27:45 Thanks to our guests & listeners

  • Emily Byars

    Patty, my mind is blown! I’ve never considered that you could long-tail cast on in pattern! As soon as you mentioned that, I pulled out a spare needle and after a few false starts, the purls started happening! I must use this on my next project.

  • Guest

    I was rather enjoying listening to the latest Yarncraft episode.  This may be petty, but it caused me to just close it down – I would think that three ladies discussing knitting wouldn’t have to resort to profanity.  It may be “in”, but not everyone enjoys listening to it.  Really, now!

  • Olena’s Crafts

    Hello,
    I really enjoyed listening to the podcast. I didn’t know there were so many cast ons!
    I know this is off topic, but would you be able to suggest the following to whoever is in charge of the Lion Brand website? I would like to be able to sort the free patterns by DPNs, circular needles, or straight needles. Would that be possible?
    Also, check out this video, if you haven’t already – I’ve never seen such a beautiful thing! It’s a braidlike stitch going along the SS. http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/video.php?id=279

    Also, check out this amazing sweater, if you haven’t already – I am making one in a newborn size with a little bit of color work. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blank-canvas-baby-sweater; photo of my baby sweater coming along here:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100962715312681&set=a.10100961070698501.2693057.9032507&type=1&theater

    Thank you! And keep making those podcasts!

  • Anahuron

    Yah…I have to agree with the 2nd comment about the profanity. Gosh, I’ve been listening to Yarncraft for years and I was disappointed to hear “damn” and “bejesus”. I’ve not heard anything of the like EVER from Lionbrand. Sigh…….

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    We’ll pass on your comments, Olena! Thanks for sharing your projects too!

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Thanks for sharing your feedback–we appreciate hearing how you feel. We do aim to keep the show PG-13, but we’ll be more sensitive to our word choice in the future. Thanks for listening to YarnCraft. 

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi Ana, thanks for sharing your feedback–we appreciate hearing how you feel. We do aim to keep the show PG-13, but we’ll be more sensitive to our word choice in the future. Thanks for listening to YarnCraft. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/wzrdreams Grace Jones

    Hey glad you’re back! I’ve also been working on a hat out of the LB collection baby Alpaca in grey, this on is for my BF. I gave him a choice between the LB Alpaca and Noro Cashiroha and he picked the Lion Brand Alpaca because it feels SOOOO nice. I have to agree with him and I am already planning to “borrow” this hat as often as possible. 

  • http://www.bordeauxbound.com/ Lily

    Hi! I just took June Hemmons Hiatt’s cast on class at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago and it was an eye opener.  Not only did I learn a provisional cast on that I love, but I learned the purl method of long tail, and I’ve used it ever since.  So many projects start with a knit row, and it’s so much prettier to use the purl method (push through the back as Patti said).  It makes your edge so much prettier!  Incidentally, Ms. Hiatt just republished her “Principles of Knitting” book this year – totally rewritten and has a huge section on cast ons. Even though I’m an advanced knitter, I love it!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Hehe, don’t you love a hat you can “borrow”? 

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Love The Principles of Knitting! Lion Brand did a giveaway of that book when it was reissued, and we were all flipping through it in the office. A great resource–thanks for sharing!

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  • Patlenzen

    i went to both listed sites to view the bab y sweater.  Both sites were not available.  So sorry

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com/ YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Pat, it looks like there’s an extra semi-colon on that first link…this one should work:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blank-canvas-baby-sweater

    Hope that helps!