The garter tab cast on is a popular way to start shawls. It allows the knitting to grow in more than one direction. It is an excellent choice for many triangular shawls that are worked from the center out. The method can even can be adapted to use for sweaters (like Harvest by TinCanKnits) and similar cast ons are used for starting toe up socks!
In class we’ll cast on for a basic triangular shawl that is worked from the center out and starts with a garter tab cast on. We will also learn several ways that you can modify or hack this method.
A pattern won’t always tell you that it is using a garter tab cast on, so we’ll have a basic triangle shawl recipe you can follow. We’ll be using Grain by TinCanKnits in class. We recommend using Worsted or DK weight yarn so you can see what you are doing. After class, you can continue working on Grain or begin your preferred pattern with the knowledge you learned in class.
Pattern Information for Grain:
Finished shawl measures 63“ across and 23“ deep
600 yards worsted / aran weight yarn
700 yards DK weight yarn
800 yards sock / fingering weight yarn
Worsted: US #9 / 5.5mm 32” circular needle
DK: US #7 / 4.5mm 32” circular needle
Fingering: US #4 / 3.5mm 32” circular needle
Gauge is not critical for this class, so grab any size needle you feel comfortable using with your yarn. If you know you tend to knit tight or loose, then adjust your needle size as you normally would. If you’re not sure what needle size to use, just bring a few sizes with you to class.
Gauge (gauge is not critical for this shawl but will affect finished size)
in worsted (DK, fingering): 14 (20, 24) sts and 36 (40, 52) rows / 4” in garter stitch
stitch markers, darning needle
Please make sure to have your yarn wound in a ball and be ready to cast on in class. We won’t be able to wind yarn for everyone before or during class time. Be sure to bring some stitch markers with you. Although we’ll be working flat and straight needles will work, a circular needle is highly recommended. Shoot for at least 24″ or longer in a size appropriate for your yarn.
If you’ve got a pattern you want to make that uses a garter tab cast on you should bring it to class! You can bring any pattern you’d like to make that begins with a garter tab cast on. Be sure to bring your pattern printed on paper for use in class, referring to pattern instruction on your phone or tablet is very hard for an instructor to navigate in a class setting). We’ll make sure you know what your pattern wants you to be doing in class.
If you want some examples of other shawls we know use a garter tab cast on check the list below. All patterns below are available for purchase at the shop in print or through the Ravelry In-Store Sales. If you purchase a ravelry pattern through the shop, the shop recieves a portion of the pattern sale. We’ll also print the pattern for you and make sure it gets sent to your ravelry library.
Pattern ideas (in no particular order):