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Cast-Ons

Video: Chinese Waitress Cast-On





Chinese Waitress Cast On OFFICIAL VIDEO - KnitFreedom.com
Chinese Waitress Cast On OFFICIAL VIDEO - KnitFreedom.com


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


Instructions

  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.

**SHORTCUT:**

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.

**REGULAR VERSION (NON SHORTCUT)**

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.

**ALL VERSIONS**

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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