Don’t just use one cast on all the time regardless of what you need. It’s so easy to get in a rut!
The Knitted Cast on is a versatile cast on for you to learn and use. It’s great for:
- A regular cast on
- Casting on additional stitches in the middle of a row
- Using it to add some additional stitches if you run out of yarn while doing the long-tail cast on
It creates a decently stretchy edge and can be decorative too.
How to do a Knitted Cast on
Step 1: Create a slip knot, leaving about a 6 inch tail. Don’t pull it crazy snug because you’ll need to insert your needle into it in Step 2.
Your slip knot will be your first cast on stitch and will be on your left hand needle.
This is not a long-tail cast on, so that’s why we suggest leaving just a 6 inch tail.
Step 2: With your working yarn, knit into the slip knot/stitch but do not drop the stitch off.
The loop will still be on your right hand needle.
Step 3: With your left needle insert the tip into the right front of the loop and move it to the left hand needle.
By doing this you have changed the orientation of the second cast on stitch so it’s in the correct knitting position with the left leg in back. You can now pull on the working yarn a bit to tension the stitch.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have one less than the desired number of stitches for your knitted cast on.
Step 5: Repeat step 2.
Step 6: Move the working yarn from the back to the front, between the needles.
Step 7: Repeat step 3.
Here we have 11 stitches cast on. The tail is on the left and the working yarn is on the right.
About the Instructor: Andi Gallegos
Andi Gallegos- aka Mysistersknitter on Ravelry- learned to first crochet more than 20 years ago from a coworker, while looking for a way to occupy herself during downtime at a call center job. A couple of years later after many attempts to teach herself to knit from books, she found a video that taught kids to knit and it suddenly clicked. Nowadays it is rare for a day to go by without at least one stitch being knit.
At that time living and knitting in sunny Arizona didn’t warrant a large knitting community, so Andi started a blog called My Sister’s Knitter as a way to connect with other knitters.
Andi believes that if everyone knit or crocheted the world would be a kindler, gentler place.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves pouring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.