Pretty Cast On

I have a favorite cast-on. It's kind of weird. Other folks have used it I'm sure, but it was an idea that I had that worked out really nicely. You cast-on over two needles (or one really big one) and then you immediately do a ton of double increases. Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 2.05.12 PM

When you work in stockinette stitch you get a nice little star cluster effect that runs all along the cast-on edge.

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It does however have a natural curve and tightness to it. Frequently knitters will worry that it's too tight. It's not! I promise. When you go to block the design it will block out into the perfect crescent edge, like you see in Longfellow below:

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Or in Lawsonia:

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You can even use it in garter stitch shawls like Jovia, although the cluster effect is not as pronounced.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jovia

 What's your favorite cast-on?