Casting On & Into Deep Water

Welcome back!

In this post, we’ll be learning how to cast on. First, you’ll need needles and yarn. I recommend beginning with a larger set of both. For our first project, the cozy scarf, I’m going to recommend size 8 needles, and medium-weight yarn. Pick any color you’d like!

First, we’re going to make a slip knot. Find the end of the yarn, and pull about three or four feet out of the ball. Then, twist the yarn over itself to form a hoop. Pull one end through the hoop, and tighten. It should look like this:

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Then, stick one of your needles through that hoop, and pull one of the strings to tighten it snugly around the needle. It shouldn’t be too tight, but comfortable enough. Next, we’re going to cast on enough rows to set us up for the scarf. The number of rows we cast on will be different for each project, so make sure you pay attention to the number of stitches to cast on with each one. You’ll catch on with this step quickly. Take the two strings coming off of the hoop around the needle, and hold onto them with your left middle, ring, and pinkie fingers. The needle should be in your right hand, and the 2 strings between the needle and your 3 fingers should be wrapped around your pointer and thumb fingers. It should look like this:

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Then, move the needle under the string the furthest left, coming off your thumb, and up through in front of your thumb. Then bring the needle over the two strings thin the middle, and down through in front of your pointer finger (before the furthest right string). Bring it right under that third string, and then back under the furthest left string. Tighten that by pulling both strings. If that was all really confusing, check out this super helpful video.

When you’re all done, it should look a little something like this, but ours will be a lot thicker, and much longer down the needle. For our scarf, cast on 30 stitches, including the cast on stitch:

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Remember last post, when we talked about the Gospel of Matthew, and the title of this blog? On this post, I thought we’d talk about the Gospel of Luke. In Luke 5:1-11, Christ calls the disciples to do something almost annoying, something they’d been doing all day. But Christ has the power to make all things new:

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

Christ calls us. In every moment, He beckons us deeper into his most Sacred Heart. Most of the time, I respond, saying, “Lord, I’ve already lowered my nets, and I haven’t caught anything.”

But He looks with such compassion and love, and says, “No, my daughter, you must let me work through you. You won’t catch anything without my help! But if you let me, I will make you a fisher of men.”

He wants to work in your life. He wants to move. Will you let Him put you out into deep water, and lower your nets for a catch? He wants to do great things in your life. Give Him permission. Jesus, we trust in You!

 

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