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The Garter Tab Cast-On for Triangular Shawls

Liat Gat - Founder

April 29, 2013

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.

The garter tab cast-on is an ingenious way to invisibly start a triangular shawl.

Garter Tab Cast On

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.

garter tab step 1 - provisional co

1. Use a provisional cast-on to cast on two stitches with a piece of waste yarn.

garter tab step 2 - garter tab

2. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch with your working yarn.

garter tab step 3 - pick up stitches

3. Pick up and knit 3 stitches along the garter ridges.

garter tab step 4 - remove provisional co

4. Remove the provisional cast-on by pulling the loop of yarn you left hanging.

garter tab step 5 - put sts on needle

5. Put the saved stitches on your left-hand needle and knit them.

garter tab step 6 - knit all sts

6. Pick up and knit 3 stitches along the remaining side of the garter strip.

garter tab final resultThe 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.


Garter Tab Cast-On For Triangular Shawls
Garter Tab Cast-On For Triangular Shawls

Other free triangular lace shawl patterns you can practice this on are The Age Of Brass And Steam shawl and the Holden Shawlette.

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