I'm so eager to cast on. Shooting for 4 st/inch.
Used a cable cast-on for all and different cast-off techniques for each.
There are great cast-on and -off tutorials on KnittingHelp.com.
This is the US 7 with traditional cast-off. It hit at a smidge over 4.5 st/inch.
Here's the US 8 with decrease cast-off knit through the back of the loop. This swatch is little below 4.25 st/inch.
Lastly, the US 9 swatch with the decrease cast-off knit through the front of the loop. This gave me minutely more than 4 st/inch.
I'm torn between:
- the 8s - close to gauge and have a nice density
- and the 9s - closer to gauge but feels a little loose
- the decrease cast-off through back of loop - nice elasticity and finish
- the decrease cast-off through front on loop - nice elasticity, a good blend with the cable cast-on but looks a little less "tidy"