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I've just been reminded of a tip I was told many years ago. I've never tried it and wondered if anyone had. It's a long-tail cast on mainly and suggests that the needle you cast the stitches onto should be one size larger than the needles the pattern calls for. For example, if the pattern calls for a size 4mm needle then the initial cast on needle should be a 4.5mm. It is supposed to make for a looser cast on and makes that first row a lot easier to work. Keep meaning to give it a go, but am worried that I will forget to change down to the right size.
It is a good idea and I have used it. Especially useful when the wool is fine and the needles thin. To remember to change to the next needle, stick the correct size needle through the ball of wool so that it prevents you pulling out more to knit the first row.
You know, you couldn't make this up! Just to confuse me even more, the person that told me the tip, was reading this forum when I posted. They now tell me that they now use a better method. . Instead of going up a size, they now go down a size and cast on over two needles. They say it gives a more consistent cast-on.
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