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The Pretty Picot Cast On...a Tutorial. I have uploaded two videos demonstrating the details of today's post, but in the first video, I was alone, and had to content with severe body contortion and a deep sustained squint (I was eventually sure that I was looking myself in the eye...) in order to film this here little clip...

The Pretty Picot Cast On...a Tutorial

Normally my precious daughter does the filming while yours truly demonstrates knitting bliss, but in the first video, I set up my trusty tripod and after considerable trial and error , I managed to get the whole thing focused, while leaning, arms akimbo, back pretzeled, around the darned tripod. This resulted in me only being able to see what the heck I was doing , by looking at the video viewer a half inch from my nose :[ Ok, so what am I trying to say? Judy's Magic Cast-On.

You have cast one stitch on to needle #1. 5.

Judy's Magic Cast-On

Bring needle #2 over the yarn tail on your thumb, around and under the yarn and back up, making a loop around needle #2. Pull the loop snug around the needle. You have cast one stitch on to needle #2. There are now two stitches on needle #2 Ñ the stitch you just cast on plus the anchor loop. Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. This bind off combines the classic simple bind off with a yarn wrap.

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

It is thus named because it defies logic that anything so simple would be so elastic. Before you scoff, give it a try. It has a higher elasticity than Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off, and has an advantage in that it is not sewn, and therefore easier to execute over a long length of fabric.