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Video: Chinese Waitress Cast-On

Chinese Waitress Cast On OFFICIAL VIDEO -
Chinese Waitress Cast On OFFICIAL VIDEO -

Characteristics: has matching bind-off, recommended, reversible, stretchy
Difficulty: Intermediate

The Chinese Waitress Cast-On is a beautiful, reversible, and stretchy short-tail cast-on.

It was taught to knitting author Cap Sease's friend by a waitress in a Beijing restaurant, hence the great name.

Not only is this cast-on very stretchy, it also doesn't curl on stockinette, and it creates a reversible double-chain effect along the bottom edge that is very pretty.

I recommend this cast-on for Garter stitch as well.

For an in-depth guide to this great cast-on, including shortcuts, crochet and continental versions, and matching bind-off, see the {REAL} Chinese Waitress Cast-On Masterclass.

Recommended Materials: Optional: Crochet hook


  1. Place a slipknot on the left-hand needle. Leave a short tail (6"). The slipknot does not count as a cast-on stitch and will be removed later.
  2. Cross the right-hand needle behind the left-hand needle, to the right of the slipknot.
  3. Tension the yarn in your right hand.
  4. Bring the yarn up and over the left-hand needle, then around the back of the right-hand needle in a figure-8 motion.
  5. Pull the stitch on the right-hand needle through the two loops on the left-hand needle.


6. Twist the right needle down and to the left, away from you, and then bring it back up to cross under the left needle.


6. Remove the right-hand needle from the stitch.

7. With your fingers, un-twist the stitch towards you so that the right side of the loop is the one coming from the working yarn.

8. Re-insert the right needle into the stitch from front to back, crossing it behind the left-hand needle.


9. Bring the yarn up and over the left-hand needle, then around the back of the right-hand needle in a figure-8 motion (this is the same as step 4).

10. Pull the stitch you just made between the two loops on the left-hand needle and, in the same movement, through the stitch already on the right-hand needle.

11. Repeat steps 6-10 until you have cast on one less than the number of stitches required for your project, not counting the slipknot.

12. Slip the stitch that is on the right-hand needle to the left-hand needle. The left needle should go in from front-to-back. This is your last cast-on stitch.

13. You have completed the cast-on. When you knit the first row and come to the slipknot, remove it from the left-hand needle and give the tail yarn a tug. The slipknot will undo.

More Information

For a perfectly matching bind-off, use the Double-Chain Bind-Off.

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