It’s time to delve back into my knitting basket! So bring out your own crafting project, take a seat, and listen to a bit about my current projects, finished projects, and my favourite cast ons.

In lieu of detailed episode notes, I’ll direct you to my Ravelry project page, from which you can find any yarn and pattern specifics that might have caught your eye (or friend me for that matter). Here is my queue and stash, in case you want more information about future plans or what’s hiding in my cupboards. There’s also a Ravelry group; I’d love to ‘meet’ my viewers! If you’d like to follow along with my projects, I post frequently knitting photos on Instagram; my account is thecharmofit.


  • The Spoon Theory (a bit about what life with chronic illnesses is like, aimed at healthy people trying to understand)
  • A couple of posts from the TechKnitter on selvedge stitches: picking up stitches along them (if you’re going to pick up stitches or seam, work the selvedge stitch in stockinette on every row for maximum ease) and adding a slipped stitch edge (for when the edge is going to show in the finished object).
  • And here’s another one from Ysolda Teague about why you would treat the edge stitches differently depending on what you’ll be doing with those edges.
  • I mentioned the online stitch dictionary from KnittingFool when reviewing Barbara Walker’s book.


  • Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor (this is the one I’ve flipped through before & found  useful)
  • Cast On, Bind Off by Catherine Sease (this is the one I want to read but couldn’t get to the library to pick up)
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is the retelling of “The Six Swans” that’s beautifully done; I recommend it but with a trigger warning caveat
  • I didn’t mention The Knowledgeable Knitter, but there’s a lot of information in there about edges & selvedges if you’d like to learn more about the tip I discuss this week.
  • A Treasury of Knitter Stitches by Barbara Walker is the stitch dictionary I reviewed. I love it!

Cast Ons

  • Twisted German
  • Crochet chain provisional
  • Tubular
  • Cable

Finished Objects

Winter Morn Gloves-2

Winter Morn Gloves

Blueberry Girl Cowl

Postimpressionist Mitts-1

Post Impressionist Mitts


Works in Progress

Hint of Snow Tam-1

Hint of Snow Tam

A Selkie’s Second Skin Cardigan

Chagall Socks-1

Chagall in Shadow Socks


9 thoughts on “Knitting Podcast 15: Favourite Cast Ons

  1. I loved your post this morning. The spoon theory for chronic pain is something that I have not seen before but is so true. I suffer from RA and have had three joints replaced so far. I
    too am able to do only so much in a day, about 1/2 of what I could do 7-8 years ago. Planning activities is out of the question as I never know what the pain will be like on some days. Love your knitting, I am a novice knitter and hope my hands last for a while.
    Thanks so much

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’m sorry you have to deal with these struggles too. But you’re not alone! My hands are very affected by RA, but over time I’ve been able to build up to being able to knit for 1-2 hours a day. It hurts, but not badly enough to stop if that makes sense. I hope you find the same joy in knitting that I have!

  2. I love your podcasts more and more:-) I have chronic joint pain so I understand what you mean.
    I am a detail person too!!! I always miss the specific cast on/bind off from the patterns.
    I used I-cord cast on/bind off for my viajante-type cowl, and I love it, it gives some extra weight for it, which helps to keep its shape. For my Hitofude (great pattern!) I used tubular cast off. Great idea for the socks cast on, I will try it!

    1. Thank you Kriszta!

      Oh what a fun idea to use an icord bind off on a shawl. I can see how the weight would help. Sorry about your joint pain; it’s a challenge, isn’t it? I love the Hitofude & want to knit one, but I don’t think it’d fit in with my wardrobe. I tried to convince my sister that she wanted one, but she’s decided she wants a longer, slouchier type cardigan instead. One day! hehe

  3. Thank you for another beautiful podcast full of great information. I mostly just want you to know that I think everything you do is so beautiful. Love your gloves, love your sweater – gosh it’s going to be amazing. And love the look of this blog. All beauty!

  4. I’m always delighted when you load up a new podcast , it’s very motivating to watch what other people knit! If you like the texture of brioche stitch you might want to try what is called ( translated from German) “false brioche stitch” pattern- only knit and purl stitches but in a way they look kind of similar. You use much less yarn though. I will try to load up the pattern and the pics of the scarf and hat I knit at the weekend on my revelry account “favknits”(so far I haven’t posted anything at all there).
    Oh and about the Rieker shoes- they are pronounced with a long ee [i:] like in meek. Actually the company is originally from southern Germany/ near the Black Forest where I grew up. Very comfortable shoes :))
    Can’t wait to see your sweater project finished, the cables look awesome!
    If you ever need a translation from a German knitting instruction let me know, I’m not a pro knitter like you but I’m slowly becoming knitting-bilingual. Hope you get through this flare up,
    And thanks for all the info

    1. Thank you Stefanie, I’m so glad I motivate you! That brioche pattern sounds really interesting; I’ll look into it. 🙂 And thanks for telling me how to pronounce Rieker! I agree; they’re very comfortable. And if I ever come across a German-only pattern, I will definitely get in touch. Thank you for the offer!

  5. Spoon theory is so useful! One of my friends in college introduced it to me in terms of managing depression, and we often text each other asking for spoons if necessary. I use it to try and explain (and sometimes gamify…) my anxiety and introversion, since my awesome “this is not a free action!” explanation only works for people who have played turn-based roleplaying games. 🙂 Of course, since I use it to explain my introversion, I have started to call especially draining people “spoongobblers.”

    Much love through this flare-up. ❤

    1. Oh spoongobbler is a fabulous phrase! Thanks for the love & support; I love that you have a friend who speaks your language too. I’ve never played any RPG games, but I can immediately see how that phrase applies to my life too. hehe

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