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In search of a nicer looking cast on for ribbing, I ran onto this e-wrap cast on. It looks really nice, as close to a hand knit cast on as I’ve seen and is just so easy and simple. If you can e-wrap, you can do this ribbing cast on. It doesn’t flare, has elasticity to match the ribbing, goes back into shape after stretching and the back side looks as nice as the public side. My first sample was knit with a lightweight worsted roving type yarn on my midgauge machine. I think this cast on method will lend itself nicely to any ribbed band. The second sample shows sock ribbing with sock yarn.
2. With ribbing tension, knit 1 row across on main bed only.
3. Raise ribber and with a double eyed ribber transfer tool, transfer EOS to the ribber bed for 1x1 ribbing or for your desired configuration, i.e. 2x2, 1x3, 2x3 etc.
4. Hang the cast on comb and evenly spaced heavy ribber weights.
5. Knit desired number of rows at ribbing tension.
An afterthought....I should note that any e-wrap cast on should be preceeded by several rows of waste yarn and ravel cord. This will give the e-wrap more stability and allow weights to be hung to give a nice even cast on. Your carriage will love you for it and you will like the results.