Grandma’s Cast-On is a stretchy long-tail cast-on that is easy, durable, and makes great edges for mittens, sleeves, and sweater collars.
Video: Grandma’s Cast-On
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- Measure out tail yarn as you would for the Long-Tail Cast-On.
- Hold the tail yarn in the left hand and one knitting needle in the right hand. Tension the working yarn in your right hand.
- Close your thumb over the yarn in your left hand.
- With your right hand, wrap the yarn around your thumb once counterclockwise.
- Insert the needle into the upper loop around your thumb. Pinch the needle tip with the fingers of your right hand.
- Wrap the working yarn around the needle tip as if to knit (counterclockwise).
- Pull the yarn through the triangle you created with the loops of yarn on your thumb.
- Drop the yarn from your left hand and pull to tighten. Do not pull working yarn.
- Repeat steps 4-8 for each additional stitch to cast on.
You can make this cast-on stretchier or more firm by adding more or less space between the cast-on stitches.
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