Fjord River Knit-Along Shawl – Garter tab cast on tutorial

The Garter Tab cast-on is often used for knitting shawls which are worked from the top down. This method gives you a nice even garter-stitch edge all along the top of your shawl without a visible break. This is the method which is used in the Fjord Shawl.

For this tutorial, I am using Cygnet Seriously Chunky yarn and 10mm Pony Rosewood Needles.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with the tutorial!

Step 1: Cast on 3 sts

Step 2: Knit 7 rows. This is your garter tab.

Step 3: Insert right-hand needle into the first purl bump on the edge of your garter tab.

Step 4: Knit into this purl bump. You now have 4 stitches on the needle.

Step 5: Knit into the next purl bump. You now have 5 stitches on the needle.

Step 6: Knit into the last purl bump. You now have 6 stitches on the needle.

Step 7: Knit into the bottom of your first cast-on stitch. You now have 7 stitches on the needle.

Step 8: Knit into the bottom of the middle cast-on stitch. You now have 8 stitches on the needle.

Step 9: Knit into the bottom of the final cast-on stitch. You now have 9 stitches on the needle and your cast-on is complete.

Step 10 (optional): Place a marker after the first 3 stitches and another before the last 3 stitches. The markers show where the garter stitch edges are in your knitting.

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