I decided to learn the Channel Island Cast On today, and I used Cap Sease's book to help me. I prefer learning from illustrations to learning from videos or still photos. I find the artist tends to pare away the distracting details, leaving only what's essential.
My attempt was successful, though not perfect. A few of the stitches look a little wonky (particularly the sixth pair from the left, above), but practice will help with that. This cast on is attractive because of the little beads that appear on the bottom of the knit stitches. It is also sturdy and stretchy.
Although Cap's instructions are usually quite clear, this one stumped me: "Wrap left thumb counterclockwise twice around double strand." I didn't know which end of the strand to start wrapping with, so I just made my yarn and hand look like the picture. I would say, "Wrap double strand around thumb clockwise twice." But I realize I'm starting at the other end. Still, it might help some to think of it my way.
Secondly, I couldn't figure out how to tighten the stitch with my thumb using her instructions. I just tugged the double strand like she suggests at the end of step 5.
Also, and this is important, Cap says to repeat steps 5 and 6, ending with step 6. What she means is to repeat steps 4 - 6, ending with step 5. For an odd number of stitches, end with a step 6 and fold the tail up if knitting flat in order to be able to knit through the yarn over.
It was fun to learn a new technique, and I look forward to many more!
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