40 thoughts on “it’s a good thing

  1. Wow, this is a great tutorial. Thank you, Anne, for sharing this.

    And Merry Christmas to you and David. Love you both.

  2. How funny! That’s exactly the same cast on my grandmother taught me when I was 5 years old!

    My grandmother had a way of teaching me to knit and crochet that was very laid back, there was no right or wrong way of doing things, as long as it worked.
    To this day, I still haven’t seen anyone hold their yarn like I do. 🙂

    Thank you for the Holiday Surprise and Happy holidays!

  3. iI have never seen a cast on like this one. Thanks for the tutorial. Merry Christmas to you and David, and all of the Knitspot staff that keeps things interesting for us. I always look forward to your posts.

  4. Well, I found myself crying watching this video. I recognize this cast on as the one I watched MY grandmother do so many many years ago. I learned to knit from her and my other grandma when I was little on vacations in Florida with her (or Iowa/Texas with the other) but aside from the basic “muscle memory” of knits and purls, and the ability to pick it up quickly with a lesson or two as an adult, I have little concrete memory of it. This video brought sweet memories back on a lovely Christmas morning. Thank you.

  5. Merry Christmas & Happiest of Holidays to both You and David!
    I cannot wait to give this cast on a try. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. Oh, I watched in astonishment as you demonstrated this cast on! It’s what I know as the Thumb Method in the UK. I’ve shown others how to do this many times, though I was taught the Cable Cast-on by my mother. Great that your grandmother showed you how to do it. Did she have a British family background? Merry Christmas and many thanks for the video.

  7. Wow. That’s how I always cast on, except I use a second needle rather than my thumb. I’ll have to try my thumb; it seems practical.

  8. Oh Anne, I can’t wait to try this cast on. It’s very similar to the one I do, but I think it will have a more stable edge. I bet your Grandma would be very proud her granddaughter!

    A very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and David. I pray your new year will be filled with joy.

  9. Thank you for the wonderful “Grandma cast on”. And thank you for a wonderful wooley year.

  10. Thank you! How very thoughtful and sweet of you to share this cast-on! Allllll the Best to you and your Family!

  11. Thanks for such a useful Christmas present. I can’t wait to try that cast on. I hope you and Mr. Knitspot have a wonderful Christmas, and all best wishes for the coming year.

  12. What a great Christmas gift–I love the beautiful edge this creates! Thank you, Anne. Have a glorious Christmas day!

  13. What a perfect Christmas gift – thank you! Merry Christmas and the best of New Year to you and Mr Knitspot!

  14. Wishing you and David many, many blessings in the new year. I adore your blog – it is always a high point in my day. Thank you for your generousity and inspiration.

  15. Thats exactly the way I cast on. (And I am a grandmother, so perhaps it fits). Although my mother taught me the basics, it was my choir director, Mildred Bumphrey of Kent OH who refined my skills, and thats the way she taught me. I know lots of others, but this is what I always do. Mildred died sometime in the last decade, she must have been older than 100, but I still value how much she taught me, obligation free, as long as I brought my knitting to choir practice to show her.
    Merry Christmas to you and to all of the Knitspot family.

  16. Anne, thank you for such a beauitiful and thoughtful gift. You are so kind & generous! I can’t wait to use it on my next pair of socks.
    The Happiest of Holidays to you & David. May the New Year be filled with love, creativity, & laughter. All the Best!

  17. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas surprise Anne! I always seem to cast on too tightly so I will definitely give this a try. I hope you, David and the rest of the Knitspot family have a Joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas!

  18. Merry Christmas and thanks for the video….it is the same cast on I learned from my mother, who used to teach knitting! I always thought i did kind of a weird cast on, but it’s identical to this. I also taught it to my kids.

  19. Thank you very much for the video!

    My Grandmother was a very crafty person having created many beautiful crocheted afghans and patchwork quilts. Alas, she was not the one who taught me to knit but is the one who instilled creativity in me.

  20. OMG this is how I was taught to cast on by my mother and grandmother. I used to use it for everything but have been using every cast on but this for a long time. I am really going back to this for my next project.

    Thanks for reminding me about it

  21. Well, it is just like you to give us all a Christmas present! Your grandma would be proud of you, for more reasons than one. There are days when I read your blog and think, “HOW does she do it??!” Not only is Knitspot a highlight of my day, your patterns are simply the best! May 2015 bring many joys and bright days to you, David, and everyone around you.

  22. Anne, Thank You! Logging on and finding your surprise video gift just Made My Day. Thank you for that. I love a new cast on to try. This one looks like it will be very functional and we will all be able to use it a lot. Hugs and Merry Christmas to you, David and all of Knitspot. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. Thank you so much for sharing your Grandma’s cast on, I shall give it a whirl on Mr JK’s new sweater. I have never seen it done like that before and love how it gives you choice in how elastic you make the edging. Hope you and David had a happy and relaxing Christmas.

  24. Thank you for this new cast on to try and all your lovely patterns. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

  25. Thank you, Anne! I love that your grandma taught you this, and through you, she is teaching us. I’m going to use it on my very next cast-on…whatever knitspot pattern that turns out to be 🙂 The very best to you and your family in the new year!

  26. Happy Holidays, Anne! Thanks for sharing your grandma’s cast-on–I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. I will have to try it out sometime.

  27. Hi Anne, Thank you so much for this video. You did a brief tutorial on it on Knitting Daily one time but it wasn’t enough for me to learn it — I’m a slow learner where finger acrobatics are concerned:-). This makes it so easy! Thank you and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and David!

  28. Loved watching your video. This is the same method my grandmother taught me when I was a little girl. She was from England. I have also taught my daughter this same method. Thank you for sharing, brought back many wonderful memories!

  29. Can’t wait to try out this new cast-on. I love the idea of all those hands casting on just like your grandma used to! Thank you for a lovely present!

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