Video: Alternating Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On

Characteristics: 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, stretchy
Difficulty: Intermediate

Alternating Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On shown on 2x2 rib

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.


  1. For the knit version, pull the thumb yarn to tighten. For the purl version, pull the index-finger yarn to tighten.
  2. 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..."

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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.).

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