Put It On My Tab

Guess what? It’s the first day of Brown Bag Mystery Knit Along #8! Today dozens of knitters will crack open Clue #1 and embark on a knitting adventure with an unknown destination…and it all begins with a garter stitch tab cast on.

That’s a mouthfull, isn’t it? The garter stitch tab cast on, when you break it down, is pretty much what it sounds like: a group of stitches created using a small strip of garter stitch. It sets up your knitting to grow outward in multiple directions. It’s a simple, tidy, and a fairly common beginning. So whether you’re an MKAL participant or not, it’s a good idea to learn the garter stitch tab cast on today!

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1. Begin by casting on 3 stitches. You can use any basic cast on method you like for these three- backwards loop, long tail, knitted, etc.

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2. Knit 6 rows. You should end up with a little strip- this is your “garter stitch tab”. Note the three ridges on the right side.

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3. Knit across the next row, but DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK. In other words, keep the right side facing you.

4. Rotate your work 90º, so the edge of the strip is facing up. Pick up and knit 3 stitches- one stitch in each ridge. You now have 6 stitches on the needle.

5. Rotate your work 90º again, so the cast on edge is facing up. Pick up and knit 3 stitches- one stitch in each of the cast on stitches. You now have 9 stitches on the needle.

And that’s it! The end result is that you have live stitches coming from 3 sides of your original garter stitch tab- the bottom, the side, and the top. Your knitting can now spread out in three directions from this small and simple beginning.

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Yes, indeed, this IS a close up of the actual finished Secret Identity MKAL. You get a teeny, tiny sneak peek…hope it doesn’t give too much away!

Good luck out there, Mystery Knitters! And we hope all of you have a great Wednesday.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra David
    May 16, 2017 @ 19:46:11

    Nice pictures and tutorial on that tricky little business of a cast on! I’ll be looking forward to see what transpires as the knitters progress!



  2. Christine Reese
    May 17, 2017 @ 12:16:52

    Like the tutorial for the garter stitch tab, I never did seem to get that quite right. Thanks.



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