7.19.2012

Cast On, Bind Off Blog Tour



When I attended the Knitter's Review retreat back in 2010, part of the weekend included a trip to Storey Publishing!  I was so excited to be contacted to participate in the Cast On, Bind Off blog tour! They sent me a copy of this new little resource to review and giveaway, isn't that nice?


So what do I think of this book? My first thought was that it was so small! This book is only 6" x 7", just right to have tucked into your project bag or sitting nearby when you start or finish your project.  The pictures are fantastic, which for me is HUGE. There is also a spiral binding so the pages will lay flat while you are working (why why why don't more knitting books come like this?!) I am a self-taught knitter, and left-handed to boot. Good photographs and descriptions help me reverse what I need to do in order to achieve the right results.

 Each technique has the cast on or bind off name, aliases, and a brief description of the characteristics and when you would want to use it. There are photos of the front and back of the edge. Then you are taken stepwise through working each technique and tips to "Get it Right". The front cover has an index of the cast ons and the back cover has the index of the bind offs, clever!

 My default cast-on is usually the long tail cast on, but from this book I am now in search of a project that would require something else - I love the look of the "Tricolor Braided Cast On". I have been meaning to try a color work project, and never thought that the cast on could be multicolored as well! I also find that even after knitting for 10 years, I still need to look up how to Kitchener and I-Cord bind offs. This book will be staying close by my work area especially for those photos and steps.


Would you like to receive a copy of this book for your own resource library? Please leave a comment with a way to get in touch (either email or Ravelry id will work). Do you know of a color work project on which I could try this Tricolor Braided Cast On? Is there a cast on or bind off that stumps you? A winner will be drawn next Thursday, July 26!

You don't have to take my word for it, I'm just one stop on this blog tour. Check out what these bloggers and designers have to say about Cast On, Bind Off too!
7/9         Picnic Knits
7/10       Knit and Tonic
7/11       Zeneedle
7/12       Rambling Designs
7/13       Rambling Designs (pt. 2: Leslie Ann guest post)
7/14       Neo Knits
7/15       Knit & Nosh
7/16       Knitting at Large
7/17       Rebecca Danger
7/18       Lapdog Creations
7/19       Nutmeg Knitter
7/20       Yarnagogo
7/21       Weekend Knitter
7/22       knitgrrl
7/23       It's a Purl, Man
7/24       Whip Up
7/25       Knitspot
7/26       Under the Humble Moon
7/27       Knitting Daily
7/28       Knitting School Dropout
7/29       Hugs for Your Head
7/30       The Knit Girllls

56 comments:

Lobug said...

What a handy tool! I like the look of that tri-color cast on too.
I am Lobug on Ravelry

kim said...

Love all the new things to learn! Thanks for the chance.
My ravelry id is khare.

melissa said...
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melissa said...

Love learning all the different methods! My rav id is mcamhi

WifeMomKnitter said...

I loved browsing through this when you brought it to SnB and would love to add it to my library.

sylphette said...

I am sort of stuck in a rut -- who knew there were so many options! I would love to learn more! Rav ID: sylphette

Doris said...

I never knew there were so many ways to cast on and bind off. I would love to have that book in my knitting bag. I am Knittingkidd (two d's) on Ravelry.

Jeanine said...

All cast on/bind offs stump me other than the ones I first learned, so this looks like a great book! email jeanine dot ash at gmail dot com.

amchart said...

How cool is that Tricolor Braided Cast On. Use it with colorwork mittens or a baby hat. Fun. Hope I win. I'd love to try it too! Rav amchart

Debbie said...

The tubular cast on stumps me. I would love to win!

Jessica said...

would love to win and learn some new cast off methods
jessicalangzoz@gmail.com

Gwendolyn T said...

I don't know of any projects to use the tricolor braided cast on for, but it looks and sounds fun. I'm with you, I didn't realize a cast on could be multi color. I onky use about 4 cast on methods and I'm not sure I'm using the right one at the right time, so this book sounds great. Gt4936 on ravelry or email newg4936@gmail.com

Stefanie said...

That tricolor cast on would look cute on a pair of mittens. I'd love to try it. Thanks for the chance to win! My ravelry id is ssummerer.

Sheila said...

I think that tricolor braid would make a wonderful start to the cuffs of some mittens or gloves.

Kara said...

That book looks great! I would love to learn some new techniques for casting on and binding off - and even more than that, why a specific edging is going to be best for my project. I also love good photos and spiral binding - it looks like a fantastic book!

mrscollinhobbs on Ravelry

musings said...

I used to do the long tail cast on, but then discovered the German twisted which is much more elastic. I use it all the time. Then there’s some sort of rib cast on that my LYS owner just taught me but I can’t for the life of me remember how to do it. This book would be very handy! I'm museshand on Ravelry.

eleanor@knittinginflipflops said...

I haven't experimented enough to be stumped, but it did take me two whole days to cast on a sweater last month, using the provisional cast on for a picot hem. I'm sure this book would broaden my horizons - would love to have it as a resource. :)
Rav ID eledixon

Robin said...

I never knew there were so many cast on methods! I almost always use the long tail cast on...sooooo many to learn!
I hope I win cause I want this book really bad!!!
On Ravelry I'm - spinnerknitter

slmiller8 said...

I would live to flip through this book to see all the different techniques. toomanyufos on ravelry

flossieKNITS said...

I saw a blog post once on a provisional cast on with a crochet hook, and I could not understand it for the life of me.

flossieKNITS on ravelry.

Cheryl S. said...

Tubular cast-ons are always a mystery to me. I've tried a couple of methods, but they just don't really click.

My Ravelry id is CabledSheep.

Daisy said...

A mitten would be nice.

Rainlover said...

This is just awesome I love the cable cast on, but will def need to try the tri-color, it just looks so neat!

<3 Rainlover on Ravelry

Geraldine said...

I recently tried the provisional cast-on, and I guess I'm stumped that it worked beautifully! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

janita said...

love the way the book is designed with spiral binding--very useful.

latifa

janetlatifa on rav

Ruth said...

The only cast on I've used is the long tail method, but I would like to learn more as my knitting skills grow. That tri-color cast on looks interesting.

windzgirl said...

Who knew there were so many options?! Now I need to try them all!

Teal said...

That Tricolor Braided Cast On would be great on mittens. This looks like such a great reference book and I would love to add it to my knitting library.
I'm Teal on Ravelry.

JD, Just Juris Doctoris said...

I am always struggling to find the perfect cast on for projects and sometimes struggle to find the most comfortable way to do what youtube tells me. This sounds like a great book! I'm shelleygupta on Ravelry.

Melody said...

I don't know of a project you could try that on. Let us know if you find one.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Estella said...

I'd love to try that tri-color cast-on - I just knit a sweater with navy, green and white - it would look so cool with this cast-on.

Dana Bincer said...

Beautiful review. The size of this book does sound delightful!

Tricolor? Hmmm...I'm new to knitting so I wouldn't have the foggiestidea. I'm stuck with the long tail cast on. Perhaps it would make a beautiful edge for a purse?

I'd love to learn all these other wonderful techniques.

I'm mtnbikechk on ravelry.

meppybn said...

This looks like a great addition to my knitting skills - that tricolour braid would be such a fun touch without a lot of fussing!
Rav id : meppybn

Susan said...

I had NO idea there were SO many options for casting on and binding off until I started reading some of the reviews of this book. I do know, though, that I need to learn some new ones. I have seen patterns I'd like to try until, as I read through them, I see that they require something like a "3 needle bind-off," and I say "oops! I can't do that!" If I had this book, I could learn how. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

Susan said...

This is Susan who made a comment at 3:53. I forgot to give you contact info. My Ravelry ID is suelknits.
TX

Kelley O'Brien said...

I'm a long-tail cast on kind of girl and I use the same standard bind-off for most projects, unless the pattern gives specific directions for a way to bind off. Even on a simple dishcloth, a fun cast-on or bind-off could be a way to jazz it up. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

LynnIL said...

I like the idea of trying a different cast-on. Long tail is what I use and it works, even though it is a bit tedious. A very stretchy cast-on for socks would be great. Thanks for a chance in your giveaway. LynnIL ravelry

Jennifer R said...

I really like that tri-color cast-on. I always use only one cast on (the only one I know...the one I learned when I started knitting, just three months ago), so I would love to learn more! My email: jenn(dot)teichmann(at)gmail(dot)com

jennsquared said...

That tri-color cast on looked really cool! I'm always in search of good easy cast on! Like you, my default has always been the long tail, but it's nice to know other ones!

And I think you know where to fine me ;)

Renelle Legos said...

Winning this would be amazing. I'm a big fan of gray and yellow together lately!
renellelegos@gmail.com

gMarie said...

Oh I love that tri-color bind on. Wouldn't that be lovely at the top (or bottom) of a cardigan with a colorwork yoke?

This book would be a wonderful present for either of my knitting daughters. g

Karen Frisa said...

The Tricolor Braided CO would be great on mitten cuffs. My Ravelry ID is kfrisa. Thanks!

Kiley Amber said...

I would love to win this book. The ONLY cast on I know is the long tail and I just recently learned how to do it all by myself. (yay me)
:)

kiley.focht@yahoo.com

HJ K said...

I was first taught long-tail as a two-color cast-on, but tricolor looks like a ton of fun.

What has me stumped right now is provisional cast-ons of any kind. And I do rather need to master one, soon! (tinygiraffe on rav)

bitten78 said...

what a fun little book to have. I love how knitting always has some new trick to learn. thanks for the giveaway!
kimberknit04 on Rav

Laurie said...

I am etherknitter on Rav. I am just flummoxed with tubular cast on/cast off. Would love to see Leslie Ann's take on this.

Brenda said...

This book sounds fantastic. I know only a couple of cast-ons and bind-offs, and would love to know more.

(Goodstuff on Rav)

lilacknits said...

I'd LOVE a copy of this book! I was just thinking 'Somebody should really collect all the cast ons and bind offs into one place so I'd have a resource!'

Jo Anne W-M said...

I'd love to have this book.
joannewm on ravelry

Maryanne & Duke said...

Wow, this book looks like an awesome resource to have!

wil4ds on Ravelry

Boogirl said...

This book looks awesome. I would love a copy!

sumik said...

I would love a copy of this book. It seems like it would be really useful.

Liz said...

Oh, I've been meaning to get this book. Very helpful! I'm Lizhonig on ravelry.

Whatzitknitz said...

wow having a bunch of different cast on and offs would be great!
i have been knitting over 40 years but I am constantly learning new techniques

andrea said...

thanks for the chance to win.

Holli Yeoh said...

That tricolour braided cast0on would be lovely on a pair of mittens. I totally need this book in my resource library! Rav name is HolliYeoh.

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