Casting on …

After a search through my stash, I quickly realized I don’t actually have nine coordinating shades of fingering weight yarn on hand. So I decided to use 5 shades in my favourite colours (blue and grey) and see if I can create a nice effect by combining the colours as follows:  AA, AB, BB, BC, CC, CD, DD, DE, EE (where A = dark blue, B = light blue, C = dark grey, D = variegated grey and E = light grey).  With my colours selected and needle located, I am ready to tackle the rest of the pattern.

The remaining three lines of the pattern read as follows:

“Cast on sixty-four stitches with the darkest shade ;—knit three plain rows.

Fourth row—bring the wool forward, knit two together.

Repeat these four rows, (which form the pattern), nine times,—taking a lighter shade of wool each time.” 

(My Knitting Book, p. 13)

As straightforward as this appears there is some unfamiliar terminology that needs to be translated into modern day knitting language.  According to Miss Lambert, a plain row is a row of “simple knitting” and to bring the wool forward is to “bring the cotton forward so as to make a stitch.”  I chose to interpret this as a yarn over.  She does not specify any particular method of casting on, describing it as the “the first interlacement of the cotton on the needle.”  I used the e-wrap/backwards loop cast on.

I have cast on and am knitting away on my first Siberian cuff:

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