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How To Do The Knitted Cast-On

Liat Gat - Founder

April 9, 2011

The knitted cast-on is a cast-on to use in an emergency. It requires just one strand of yarn, so it's perfect for adding stitches mid-project. To do the knitted cast-on, you simply knit a stitch and then pass it back to your left-hand needle.

Knitted cast-onThe knitted cast-on is a cast-on to use in an emergency.

It requires just one strand of yarn, which is all you’ve got once you start knitting, so it’s perfect for adding stitches mid-project.

You can use it anytime your pattern tells you to cast on a certain number of stitches at the beginning of a row.

You can also use it any time you run out of tail doing the long-tail cast-on and you don’t want to start over. Just use the knitted cast-on to cast on the remaining number of stitches.

To do the knitted cast-on, you simply knit the first stitch on your left-hand needle without taking it off, and then pass the new stitch back to the left-hand needle.

It’s kind of like the cable cast-on, where you insert your needle between the first and second stitches to form the stitch, but the knitted cast-on is even easier.

Plus, if you twist the stitch as you place it on the left-hand needle, you are already set up to cast on the next stitch.

Video: The Easiest Way To Do An Easy Knitted Cast-On


[KnitFreedom] - How To Do A Knitted Cast-On
[KnitFreedom] - How To Do A Knitted Cast-On

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Speaking of cast-ons, you may not be aware that there are over 40 different cast-ons you can use in different situations and for different projects.

Guide to Cast-Ons

You might have noticed that using just one basic cast-on for every project sometimes doesn’t leave the best, strongest, or stretchiest edge on your knitting.

Grab our Video Guide to Cast-Ons and learn 40 recommended ways to start your knitted projects, with stretchy cast-ons, invisible cast-ons, center-start cast-ons, and more.

Have you tried the knitted cast-on? What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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