Video: Alternating Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On
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The Old Norwegian cast-on is a slightly complicated long-tail cast on that is very sturdy and stretchy and has a pretty, double-twisted edge.
It can be used for stockinette stitch as well as ribbing. To use it for stockinette stitch, just do the knit version.
- For the knit version, pull the thumb yarn to tighten. For the purl version, pull the index-finger yarn to tighten.
- For ribbing, 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..."
To do the cast-on for ribbing as shown in the picture, do the knit and purl versions in whatever combination your ribbing is in (1x1, 2x3, etc.).