My usual cast on technique is long-tail method.
|This is the first side to be|
worked after casting on.
I always use this side and call it 'the pretty side'. (very scientific terminology, huh?)
Since it looks like garter stitch I think it blends in with the knitting and is more appealing to the eye.
Just an opinion.
|This side shows on the second row of knitting.|
This side of the cast on will leave 'a line'. For some reason (I just don't know the reason!), I don't like the look of this side.
Just an opinion.
I put the 376 stitches on my needle and I was ready to knit. The first row of the pattern is the wrong side - which meant, you guessed it - the 'line' was going to show on the right side of the sweater. So I knit the first row knowing the line would show, and even started the second row. (Isn't there a saying about doing something even though you know the outcome isn't what you want?!) By then the 'line' was really bothering me.
Now I know that when I finish the sweater my friend not only won't notice it, but since she isn't a knitter she won't know there is two potential sides to a cast on row. But I sat there and thought of how it would just irritate me every time I looked down at it while I was knitting. I wasn't sure if there was enough wine in the house to deal with that kind of knitting tension.
Then it hit me. What I tell anyone that I have ever taught to knit. "You can change the directions if you want. It's your knitting". So I ripped it out, put 376 stitches on again, and I worked a purl row. Then I worked the first row of the pattern. Now the 'line' is on the wrong side of my knitting and I am at peace.
Such an easy solution, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to come up with it.
Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.