The garter tab cast-on is an ingenious way to invisibly start a triangular shawl.
Since most triangular shawls have a small garter-stitch border, you can use this cast-on to invisibly set up your stitches for knitting the triangle from the center-out.
Video below the photo tutorial.
1. Use a provisional cast-on to cast on two stitches with a piece of waste yarn.
3. Pick up and knit 3 stitches along the garter ridges.
5. Put the saved stitches on your left-hand needle.
2. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch with your working yarn.
4. Remove the provisional cast-on by pulling the loop of yarn you left hanging.
6. Knit across the stitches on your left-hand needle.
The final result can be seen after you work a few rows of your pattern. Can you spot the cast-on? I can’t!
Tips: Remember that the number of stitches to cast on and the number of rows to knit will differ depending on your pattern.
I’m using the numbers from the Show Your Colors shawl, which is a free beginner lace shawl pattern that looks good in sport or even worsted-weight yarn.
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