So, I took my overhead camera mount for a spin the other day and created a video for Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast On. It’s a great knitting cast on for projects like blankets worked from the center our or hats worked from the top down. I needed to use it in order to start my latest project: a toy tote for my oldest grandson.
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I talked about the pattern in the last newsletter. (Go here to sign up for weekly updates.) The pattern is called Toy Tote by Lisa Jacobs and is available from Interweave. My grandsons will be able to carry all their toys to Meemaw’s house where the tote opens up to lay flat for play.
Since it’s worked in the round, Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast On is the perfect way to start the project. As the tote grows, each ring is filled with a fantastic pattern or textural stitch for a ton of visual interest. I’m about a quarter of the way through, but each ring takes longer to work as the number of stitches increases the closer you are to the outer edge.
You may have seen the circular cast on called a pinhole cast on, or perhaps magic circle. It’s kind of difficult to describe so I made the video to demonstrate how to do it. Use it for any project that is worked in the round and starts with just a few stitches.