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Garter Tab Cast-On: An Easy Photo Step-by-Step Knitting Tutorial

26th September 2018

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Garter Tab Cast-On: An Easy Photo Step-by-Step Knitting Tutorial

The Garter Tab cast-on is often used for knitting shawls which are worked from the top down. This method gives you a nice even garter-stitch edge all along the top of your shawl without a visible break. This is the method which is used in the Fjord Shawl, which is is being published for free from our sister magazine, Your Crochet & Knitting Magazine. They’re publishing it as a knit-along (KAL) so if you want to get this pattern, simply visit their website and sign up for their newsletter and it will be delivered straight to your inbox as each part of the KAL is published.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with the tutorial!

For this tutorial, I am using Cygnet Seriously Chunky yarn and 10mm Pony Rosewood Needles.

Step 1: Cast on 3 sts

Step 2: Knit 7 rows. This is your garter tab.

Step 3: Insert right-hand needle into the first purl bump on the edge of your garter tab.

Step 4: Knit into this purl bump. You now have 4 stitches on the needle.

Step 5: Knit into the next purl bump. You now have 5 stitches on the needle.

Step 6: Knit into the last purl bump. You now have 6 stitches on the needle.

Step 7: Knit into the bottom of your first cast-on stitch. You now have 7 stitches on the needle.

Step 8: Knit into the bottom of the middle cast-on stitch. You now have 8 stitches on the needle.

Step 9: Knit into the bottom of the final cast-on stitch. You now have 9 stitches on the needle and your cast-on is complete.

Step 10 (optional): Place a marker after the first 3 stitches and another before the last 3 stitches. The markers show where the garter stitch edges are in your knitting.

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