No matter how perfect the in-betweens are, it’s the beginning and ending of shawls that make the difference between oooooooh and oops! Working at a looser gauge means you can hardly ever cast on or bind off too loosely, but there sure are tons of ways to make it too tight! Join acclaimed shawl designer Romi Hill and learn how to get consistently great cast-on and bind-off results that block out beautifully. We’ll go through Romi’s perfect garter tab start, a modified garter tab, and how to optimize the garter tab in your favorite pattern. We’ll move on to other ways of beginning shawls, and a couple of no-fail stretchy bind-offs that you can use on any project.
Technique Requirements: knit/purl, cast on/bind off, increase/decrease, beginner lace, chart reading, have knit a few accessories
Fingering-weight through worsted-weight yarn (tip: bring light-colored yarn that doesn’t split), US 5, 6 or 7 needles, depending on yarn weight (needles should yield a loose fabric with your yarn choice); smooth cotton waste yarn (fingering or sport weight) and a crochet hook for the waste yarn; locking stitch marker or coilless safety pin; sharp tapestry needle.