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Video: Alternating Long-Tail Cast-On

Characteristics: 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib
Difficulty: Easy

The Alternating Long-Tail Cast-On is an easy cast-on for any combination of knit and purl stitches.

The "knit version" is the regular Long-Tail Cast-On you've already learned. The "purl version" is the opposite movement, and creates a purl cast-on stitch.

You can alternate 1 knit and 1 purl to prepare for 1x1 rib, or you can alternate 2 knits and 3 purls to prepare for 2x3 rib, etc.


  1. Remember that the slipknot counts as your first stitch, so if you're setting up for 1x1 rib, your first cast-on stitch should be a purl stitch.
  2. Cast on an even number of stitches and end with a purl cast-on stitch. That way, your first stitch when you go to work the first row will be a knit stitch, and you'll start the row off in the expected way of "knit 1, purl 1..."

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