- You cast on a few (usually three) stitches using a provisional cast on.
- Knit several rows, slipping the first stitch of every row.
- On the final row, knit across the cast on stitches, pick up and knit stitches from the slipped stitches along the edge of the Garter Tab, then knit the cast on stitches (from the provisional cast on).
Below is the swatch where I did a regular cast on (I used the long tail cast on but you can use any cast on) then I knitted one row before I started row 1 of the pattern.
The main reason I now like doing the Garter Tab cast on is that I use a different provisional cast on method to start the Garter Tab. The Turkish (also known as the Eastern) cast on method is normally used to do a closed cast on for a toe up sock but with a slight modification it can be used as a provisional cast on method too.
To join the Gondola KAL, download the Info pdf and Part 1 of the pattern.