Friday, July 28, 2006


Help with Kimono

Hey everybody,

I started to knit up the baby kimono and began casting on for the sleeves and I got so frustrated I frogged them and turned it into a bib. I'm a relatively new knitter, so maybe I'm doing something wrong. I know how to do the stitch, but they are so wonky and loose that it just looks awful! Do I have to use the backward loop method or is there another stitch that is more stable that I can use? If I have to use that method, what can I do to make it look better?

Thanks in advance for your help! I'll post pics of my items soon.


This method of casting on is pretty messy. Nature of the beast.

But the edge is going to end up hidden in a seam. So I wouldn't worry about it. (I'm not on mine.)

If it is really bothering you, though, you could try using a "knitted cast on" and see if you like that better.
I just use the "knitted cast on" and knit the stitches on. It's a little bulkier in the seam though so do a few extra rows in the sleeve to allow for it.
Also there's a "cable cast on" that I like for more stability, similiar to the knitted cast on. As Amyde said, it's thicker though.

But yes, this backwards loop cast on is loose and feels too flimsy until you get a few rows there and it will be better.
I do the backwards loop cast on for the kimono sleeves and it works out fine. If they seem just a smidge loose, it can help to knit in the back loop. Of just those cast-on stitchs. Just the first time you knit them.
I used tthe cable cast on when I made my kimono. I used it most of the time because it has a neat clean edge.
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