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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

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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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  1. Ruth Leibbrandt

    This took me back to my childhood. I started knitting at the age of 6 (I’m now 88) in my home country of South Africa. This cast on was the start of teaching children to knit. As they got more advanced, the cable cast on was taught and also the long tail. My mother, being British, taught me in the way she’d been taught and regarding casting on, they were pretty limited. However, I’m making up for it now, as I’m fascinated by the different cast on methods. It takes me longer to learn but I’m mastering (eventually) each one I try. My goodness, how times (and specially in knitting) have changed since those days. How one did things pretty much depended in which country one was born.
    Thank you for this Trip down memory lane.
    Trust you and your new little one are doing well.

  2. I can’t wait to try all these different cast on methods. I have a number of new projects to begin next year and
    new methods will be exciting. Brilliant timing Happy New year

  3. Hi
    I have used this cast on with two needles and a short tail. However on the first row the stitches are loopy. I dont like this look. Can you give me a suggestion?
    Thank you

    1. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! I’m so glad you visited! I really hope you love all the videos you find here. :)

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