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This is the first in a series of animated techniques that I am working on. To keep the animation from taking forever to load for those with slow web service, the picture has been compressed, and quality lessoned, but hopefully not so much that you can't make out clearly what is going on. If the animation is too fast for you, unclear, or you have any other problems, I would appreciate you contacting me as I work out the glitches of this presentation mode. Just drop me an email and tell me what web browser you are using, and the type and speed of your computer, and any other comments you might have. Animation may take a minute or so to load, no viewer required.

Basic E-wrap cast-on for Bondô, USMô, ISMô or other knitting machines that use a weighted hem.

Step by Step                                               

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  • animation takes a minute to load....Move desired number of needles forward and hang hem onto ravel cord.
  •  Push hem back toward needle bed, leaving needles all the way forward, with latches open.
  • Put clip on yarn end, and wrap yarn counter clock wise around needle (in other words, as if you were writing the cursive letter e)

  • With thumb of free hand on needle butt, push needle backward, knitting the e-wrapped yarn into the row of ravel cord.

  • Continue across row, making sure that your wraps are loose and even.

Tips for e-wrap cast on.

  • This is a basic, all purpose (but not very elastic) cast-on. If you are not careful in making your wraps loose, your cast on edge may pull in. So as you work across, periodically pull down on the hem, and use your thumb and palm to push the needle butts back, evening out the wraps (you can see this in the last frame of the animation.) Also, at the beginning of the row, you may have to snug your ravel cord by giving it a tug, this helps even up those first stitches.
  • After you have e-wrapped all of your needles, either push all of the needles forward into FWP (forward working position) with the latches open and move the threaded carriage carefully and slowly across to knit the first row OR Knit the first row after the e-wrap by hand.
  • Some knitters prefer to hang the hem with ravel cord, knit several rows of waste yarn, knit one row of ravel cord AND THEN do the e-wrap. Experiment and see what works best for you. If I am going to be doing ribbing right away, I like to use this latter method, rather than ribbing directly after the hem.