KasCuddle KAL Steps 1 & 2

by Dawne on September 18, 2010

Step 1:  Cast-On

To begin the Cuddle you will cast-on 78 stitches using two strands of yarn held together as one strand throughout the project. Using the Long Tail Cast-On method measure 6.5 feet (2 meters) of doubled yarn. This will be your long tail.  (The rule of thumb is to measure 12 inches for every 20 stitches.  It is recommended to round up so we will use 80 stitches to figure our long tail.)

Hold your circular needle in the hand you will use to do the cast on.  Let the circular needle dangle down in front of you.  On the other hand,  position your yarn as described in the video with the 6.5 ft. (2 m.) long tail in front. (I know this seems like a terribly long tail, but you will have 78 stitches to cast on from it!)  Begin to cast on exactly as shown in the video by holding your needle and index finger as directed to make the first two stitches. (Do not use a slip knot here as it will be a hard knot against the baby’s skin and is not recommended.)  Cast on 78 stitches.  Do not pull them too tight because doing so will make your first row of ribbing too difficult.   Refer to the photo to see how your final cast-on should look on the circular needle.

Step 1, Long Tail Cast-On

Step 2:  Knitting the KASCuddle ribbed collar

Once you have cast on 78 stitches on the needle, you will begin your ribbed collar.  Hold the circular needle in front of you.  Begin by knitting 2 and then purling 2 (K2P2) across the row.  (If you are a new knitter, remember to throw your yarn to the back for the knit stitch and to the front for the purl stitch.  You will be throwing your yarn every two stitches as you knit the collar.) Continue knitting and purling your collar back and forth just as if knitting on a straight needle until you have finished 5 inches.  Be careful about the tension as you work with two strands of yarn held together. Do not pull the yarn too tight.  When your collar is 5 inches you are ready for Step 3 which will be published on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Finished KasCuddle Collar

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawne September 18, 2010 at 12:25

I know so many of you are casting on today and I’m very thankful for it! I’ve loved the enthusiasm for this project and can’t wait to have a gallery to display all the beautiful, finished KasCuddles!

helen September 18, 2010 at 14:07

A big thank you to you, Dawne, for posting the instructions on the blog. Hope everyone who is joining in will have great success and really enjoy making a cuddle!

Becky Zolt September 18, 2010 at 22:05

Must I be the first one who’s having trouble?! I am not getting ribs. My knit stitches seem to be alternating from row to row. I begin and end every row with K2. Why don’t I have ribs? With 78 stitches, after K2P2 across, there are still 2 stitches, which I assume I knit. What am I missing? Thanks. I know this will be great once I get the start right.

Becky Zolt September 19, 2010 at 00:20

I’m OK now. My British neighbor came over and taught me how to rib. I’ll be ready for Wed. and she wants to make a KAScuddle, too!

Helen Flagg September 20, 2010 at 19:42

Becky, I’m so sorry I missed answering your question. I have been
away from my computer taking care of three grandchildren. Not
a very auspicious weekend to be absent when we are launching
the Knitalong, but something unexpected came up and I had to
leave to fill in. Fantastic that your British neighbor wants to join
in!! For anyone else having trouble with the ribbing pattern,
just be sure that you purl the beginning of a row if you have a
purl in front of you on the first stitch, and knit the first stitch
if it is a knit stitch at the beginning of a row. So…….every row
will not be automatically K2P2 except the first row. After that
you have to check which kind of stitch is first when you turn the
collar to make another row. Hope that is clear for everyone.

Yvonne September 20, 2010 at 22:44

I also had the same problem as Becky and frogged my first two attempts :-( . What I am doing now is K2P2 across for the 1st row and all odd number rows and P2K2 on all even rows. So far, cross my fingers, it’s resembling your photo above. Do you think that will work if I continue that Helen?

Dawne September 21, 2010 at 11:48

Yvonne,
That’s exactly what I would do. Work it like a 2 row project. All odd rows are K2P2 and even numbered rows are P2K2. Great job Yvonne in working it out and not giving up!

Paula September 21, 2010 at 20:16

I did it!!! I wasn’t so sure I’d be a able to, but I managed it. Can’t wait until tomorrow.

Yvonne September 21, 2010 at 21:33

Dawne,
Thanks for the reply! I didn’t work on my Cuddle last night because I was waiting for someone to reply in case I was doing it wrong. Thanks for the pat on the back. I was pretty proud of myself for figuring it out after staying up till midnight and frogging it twice and not giving up and not cussing either :-) . This is great that we’re all encouraging each other.

Helen Flagg September 22, 2010 at 02:23

Yvonne and Paula…………good for you………you sound ready
to roll tomorrow with the next step! Proud of you!

Tess September 22, 2010 at 06:52

I have the ribbing complete, and I’m looking forward to the next set of instructions. What a great idea. I hope these little children stay toasty warm in these little KasCuddle sacs.

Dawne September 22, 2010 at 13:12

Your wish, our command. Step 3 coming right up!

peggy September 22, 2010 at 19:35

well for those of you who have solved your problem and stayed with it I think you are great. I finally had to give up after trying for lots of hours and always had to rip out lost count of wether i was knitting or purling. Am kindof disappointed but back to the squares and the loom I bought to make hats. Ordered a ball winder to make yarn cakes they sure look neater than the ball. Tried that by hand and that was hard too.

Becky February 28, 2012 at 10:02

hi i am new to this and i love the idea of these cuddles and can see they are a success i would love to join in making them but am somewhat confused (it doesnt take much) i see you are using to strands of wool, do you use both strands when casting on or do u introduce the second strand after you’ve cast on. Im very new to knitting and ive never made anything other than squares and that was about 15years ago. I’ve tried looking for videos but as im not sure what im looking for im abit lost. thank you.

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