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Tips for Knitting: Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart

Liat Gat - Founder

June 8, 2021

The way to start this throw, and almost any lace shawl, is with the Garter-Tab cast-on. It starts the lace completely invisibly and gets your stitches set up correctly to knit the rest of the shawl. Here's a free video on the Garter Tab Cast-On so you can start any lace shawl perfectly and with confidence.
Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart
Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart

You could be using leftover yarn to knit this gorgeous and easy lace throw today. Your only possible hang-up? A very specific cast-on.

The way to start this throw, and almost any lace shawl, is with the Garter-Tab cast-on. It starts the lace completely invisibly and gets your stitches set up correctly to knit the rest of the shawl.

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A super-clear demo of how to do this cast-on is available in the Cast-Ons reference library at Knitting Superstar University.

This week, I’m making the video free to KnitFreedom readers so you can start any lace shawl perfectly and with confidence.

It’s simple to learn this cast on. Just follow these 3 steps:

  1. Grab a crochet hook, 2 colors of scrap yarn, and a circular needle.
  2. Watch this week’s free Garter Tab Cast-On video
  3. Cast on for the Habitation Throw, the Show Your Colors Shawl (free), or any lace shawl you like on Ravelry.

Enjoy!

P.S. You will learn two important knitting skills in today’s video: how to do a provisional cast-on AND how to pick up and knit. Don’t miss the chance to increase your knitting confidence by adding these important skills! Click here to learn the Garter Tab Cast-On free.

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  1. Good Morning, almost afternoon.

    I was at the last row of the Habitation Throw and had to unknit a few rows. I have the instructions for the kitchener stitch: Set-up Row: Front–purl on; Back–knit on. Then
    Front–knit off
    Front–purl on
    Back–purl off
    Back–knit on.

    When I got to the last row, my yarn was coming from the front instead of the back which is what I’m used to. So, I’m a little lost at the end. Any advice or instruction is welcome.

    Jean

    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Jean,

      I’m going to be passing your comment along to Liat, but I want to let you know that she is currently on maternity leave (she is expecting her baby very soon) and will be taking up to 1-2 weeks to answer.

      Thanks so much for your patience and understanding!

      Best,
      Elias

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