The 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.
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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.
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.
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