Learn How to Do A Knitted Cast On [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Cast On Tutorials: Learn How to Do A Knitted Cast On, learnknittingonline.com" followed by an illustration of hands casting on a stitch using wooden knitting needlesThe Knitted Cast On is probably the easiest cast-on technique to remember as it is so similar to making knit stitches. This makes it a great cast-on technique to teach beginners.

The resulting edge looks good from both the right side and the wrong side of your knitting project. In addition, it creates an edge that is fairly firm. However, you should be aware that it can stretch out of shape.

The Knitted Cast On is our preferred method for adding stitches in the middle of a knitting project. For instance, if you have to increase the number of stitches to add the sleeves for a baby sweater.

It is also a great cast on to use when knitting a mitten and you need to take out the thumb gusset stitches and have to cast on other stitches over the hole.

In addition, this cast-on method is often used for shawls or for projects where and edging is going to be added to it.

You will need two knitting needles to use this cast-on method.

In the tutorial below, we have given you two different options for transferring the new stitches from one needle to the other.  Personally, I prefer option B as the twist tightens up the edge a bit.

Irrespective of which option you choose to go for, make sure you are consistent.

Characteristics

  • Somewhat elastic
  • Can easily be pulled out of shape

Ideal for

  • Beginners
  • Adding stitches in the middle and the at end of rows

Step-by-Step Knitted Cast On Knitting Tutorial

Make a slip knot. You only need to leave a short tail.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 1: Hands tying a slip knot using yarn

Place the slip knot on your left needle.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 2: Hands slipping the slip knot in a wooden knitting needle

Hold the 2nd needle in your right hand.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 3: Hands picking up the right-hand needle

Insert the right needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle (for the first stitch, this will be the slip knot).

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 4: Hands inserting the right-hand needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit. (It will probably be easier to hold both needles with the left hand while you are wrapping).

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 5: Hands wrapping the working yarn around the right-hand needle.

Pull the stitch through the stitch on the right-hand needle but do NOT drop the stitch from the left needle.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 6: Hands pulling the resulting stitch from the right-hand needle through without dropping the one on the left.

Option A: Place the stitch directly from the right needle tip to the left needle tip. Once transferred, the yarn going to the ball will be coming from the left leg of the new stitch.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 7: Hands putting the stitch from the right needle to the left directly.

Option B: Twist the right needle so that two needles are almost side by side. Slip the new stitch onto the right-hand needle as if to purl (the new stitch is in effect twisted). The yarn going to the ball should now be coming from the right side of the new stitch.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial Step 7 alternative: Hands slipping the new stitch to the right-hand needle as if purling it.

2 Comments

  1. It would be great to show how to do this when you are adding stitches in the middle of a project, too, not just starting from a slip knot. Thanks!

  2. You do it the exact same way using the last stitch on your needle as if it were the slip knot.

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