First up.... It's the Garter Tab Cast On!
This cast on is most commonly used in top-down shawl knitting. If you're like me and love to knit shawls, it's definitely one you want to know. The shawl pattern you choose will tell you how many stitches to cast on, rows to knit and so on. For this example, I'm going to start with 3 stitches and end the garter tab with 9 stitches - that's a pretty common start to these shawls.
I start by casting on 3 stitches. Easy. I like to use either a long-tail cast on or a knitted cast on, but that's up to you. I'm going to pick up stitches in this cast on later, and I find either of those work good for that.
Not too bad, right? And, don't be worried that it doesn't look perfect. We are talking about a tiny amount of knitting (probably in a fingering weight or lace weight yarn). No one is going to notice if those stitches picked up along the cast on edge aren't perfect. I say anyone that is close enough to notice that in your shawl is standing too close to you. :)
And that's the garter tab cast on. Have a any tips or tricks you use when working this cast on? I'd love to hear about them.