Leslie Ann Bestor's book Cast On, Bind Off holds a well-deserved spot on my bookshelf. Not only is it small enough to tote around in a project bag, but every single one of the 54 techniques is well-photographed and covered by step-by-step written instructions. To top it off, the covered spiral binding means it stays open all on its own (hurray!).
In my excitement to try out the book's new-to-me techniques I don't always thoroughly read the instructions before putting yarn to needles. More often than not this results in me frogging a first failed attempt then pausing to read (all of) the directions before trying again.
However, several months ago while rushing through the instructions for Tillybuddy's Very Stretchy Cast On I messed up and did not notice my mistake for several weeks. The original project was finished, other projects cast on using my incorrect interpretation, until one day a conversation on the Ravelry forums revealed that I learned the cast on wrong.
The happy part? My mistaken cast on actually works quite nicely and I love the results! Very stretchy and stable, doesn't roll or curl, springs back to shape, requires only one strand of working yarn, doesn't need a pre-measured tail, works for odd or even numbers of stitches, and can even be used to cast on in the middle of a project.
My accidental cast on differs from Tillybuddy's cast on because once your first two stitches are created, you are casting on new stitches individually rather than in pairs. A fun little riff on a great original.
For anyone interested in trying out my happy mistake cast on, read on: