January 4th, 2012

German Twisted/Old Norwegian Cast-On


  1. Staci, I am excited to try and learn this cast on, I will be watching this video over and over until I get it. Love the stretchiness it gives, thank you Staci!!!

    Comment by Milagro Ramirez — January 4, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  2. The slingshot method for the long-tail cast-on is my favorite method so I will definitely be giving this one a try. Thanks so much for your videos!!

    Comment by Krissy Wise — January 4, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  3. I’m going to have to practice that cast-on quite few times along with watching your video. It’s even a little trickier for me as a lefty. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Comment by Sheri — January 4, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  4. thank you very much staci it is so easy i did it from the first time. thank you fot all tutorial.Thank you so much .i wish i could meet you a day.

    Comment by walaa methat — January 4, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  5. Its realy amazing .Thank you very much.after making three rows it became wow.

    Comment by walaa methat — January 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  6. I bet that would be a good cast on for shawlettes, too.

    Comment by lizziejohns — January 4, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  7. SO GLAD you did this! Tried to find a good video of it last week, and there isn’t one that I could follow as easily as I do yours. THANK YOU, Staci!

    Comment by Nan — January 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  8. Thanks for the cast on tutorial. I know this is off topic but I am wondering if there will be any more MAGIC Loop sock pattern, perhaps for men or children, or in different pattern, with texture?? I love your MAGIC loop sock tutorial! Pretty please!!!

    Comment by Debbie — January 5, 2012 @ 8:12 am

  9. Hi Debbie – I don’t currently have any plans to do any more magic loop tutorials (or patterns). But, now that you’ve learned the technique, you can apply it to any sock pattern out there, including patterns for men and children!

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — January 5, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  10. Thanks Staci- this is great and I will definitely be using it. And thank you for always making it so easy to follow along and learn something new! I really appreciate it.

    Comment by Karen — January 5, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

  11. Recently found your videos….thank you, they are so clear and absolutely the easiest to follow…just the right tempo to be able to follow along. This cast-on is great, now I’m going back to watch your “magic loop” vids. I’m working on my first socks done this method and am currently all “tangled up” in the long cable. Purchased Clover, and got a 48″ cable since all the instructions I’ve read said “at least 32″…do you recommend any particular needle for this and what length cable do you use for socks…the long, long cable is so cumbersome I’m actually losing time vs dpns or two 16” circs.

    Comment by Susan — January 6, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  12. Hi Staci
    I looked up how to do this cast on in five books before finding your site – and I got very confused. The video is very easy to follow, even for a beginner like me, and I have managed to cast on for my first pair of socks! Thanks!!

    Comment by Helen — January 13, 2012 @ 2:01 am

  13. Thank you for your tutorials on socks and on this cast-on. I have just purchased about 17 hanks of sock yarn and am looking forward to trying this cast-on method!

    Comment by Amy — January 18, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  14. My daughter (an experienced knitter) just suggested this cast on to me this morning. After watching some (other) videos and not getting it I checked back here, watched twice and understood, cast-on and am making a swatch. I will always check here first. Thank you so much Staci!

    Comment by Debralyn Pryor — February 22, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

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  16. I have been a knitter for over 30 years but am still trying new things. This was the first time that I have used a video to cast on. The method was very similar to the way that I have always cast-on. My question is, approx. how long do you make the tail in order to have 355 stitches on the knitting needle? So many inches of yarn to create the number of stitches desired for the project?

    I am 80 years old and live in a retirement community. Thanks for your help.

    Comment by JoAnne Boyer — July 8, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  17. I have been knitting for over 50 years. However, it took me some time to learn this technique. I don’t know where I picked it up. But I wanted to show my sister how to do it, but she loves so far away that I needed a video to send her. No one does this, I can see, so you were wonderful to find. Good work, good video. I look forward to seeing more of what you have to offer.

    Comment by Paulina — August 27, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  18. Let me start by saying that you are a great teacher. I have watched a number of your tutorials and have learnt a lot from you.

    I have tried your German style cast on, but mine does not come out as elastic as yours. I have gone over your video tutorial a number of times and I do think I am doing everything the way you show it. What could I be doing wrong? I was really excited about this cast on. I do hope you can help me. Thanks. Sari.

    Comment by Sari — December 10, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  19. Sari – the elasticity of the stitch may have more to do with your yarn type and/or gauge. (A wool yarn in a looser gauge will naturally give you more stretch.) There is nothing I can explain to you in words about the technique that the video doesn’t demonstrate better!

    Good luck –
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — December 10, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  20. Thank you for video. This was by far the best video of this cast on. The thumb twist was captured very nicely and once I saw you were twisting the opposite direction I was trying to twist I got it immediately. Thank you!

    Comment by Andi Thomas — February 7, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

  21. Excellent video. I am a new knitter. What do you mean by “casting off in pattern”?
    Also, do you have a video of the alternating German twisted cast on?

    Comment by Florence Lohnes — March 24, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  22. When you are holding the yarn in your left hand, is the long tail trailing off the thumb? I finally got this cast on. It took me about 8 views. I want to try knitting socks and this sounds like a great cast-on. Thanks again for all your wonderful videos.

    Comment by Lynn Lennox — April 11, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

  23. Hi Lynn – yes, that’s a clear way to say it. The tail end is “trailing the thumb”. I might use that phrase from now on.
    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — April 11, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  24. I feel like such a dummy. I’m not a novice at knitting, but have never tried this cast on method. I’ve been sitting here for over an hour, watching the video over and over and I still can’t get this. What would be the next best CO for stretch?

    Comment by Marsha — August 10, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

  25. Eureka! It just clicked…. went back to the old sling shot method for a while and duh! Thank you! Now I can move on…….

    Comment by Marsha — August 10, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  26. Staci, thanks for another wonderful tutorial. As a german knitter I probably should have known this cast-on, but I didn’t. But I’m pretty used to the slingshot method cast-on and it wasn’t so difficult to get from there to this cast-on. I got it right from the start. Thanks to your incredible teaching! :) Love your videos! :)

    Comment by Christine — August 18, 2013 @ 7:51 am

  27. Is the long tail cast on the
    same as the short tailed cast on…

    Comment by laila — February 8, 2014 @ 8:54 am

  28. Is the long tailed cast on the
    same as the short tailed cast on…

    Comment by laila alao — February 8, 2014 @ 8:55 am

  29. The “Weaving in Ends” method for garter stitch is giving me a problem: While I wove about 2-3 inches of each end using your method (which produces a beautifully concealed yarn initially!), the cut ends now are appearing all over both the right and wrong sides of the sweater. I cut them back, and they reappear. Alas, there isn’t enough yarn to attach to a needle to reinsert this stray yarn. I’m using Madelinetosh DK superwash on a size US 9 needle. Is the problem my yarn?? My needle size? Short of using glue, I’m not sure how to hide the yarn ends now. I’d appreciate any help! Thank you!

    Comment by Melinda — April 13, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

  30. Melinda – if you are using a yarn that is too slippery for the normal way of weaving in ends, I suggest this method:

    S t a c i

    Comment by s t a c i — April 13, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

  31. Staci I have to congratulate you on your extremely helpful video. I have tried several tutorials on the German twisted cast on and yours is the only one which really spells out exactly how to do it. I cannot thank you enough.

    Comment by Fay a Smith — June 28, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

  32. Thank you SO much. I can’t count how many videos I watched with no success.
    Your video was the one that worked for me: no looking for non-existent [at least on my needles :)] “V’s” or “X’s”.
    Simple and too the point.
    Thanks again!

    Comment by Monica — August 14, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

  33. I just tried this and got it after a couple of tries. Your video(s) are so helpful. Thank you.

    Comment by Cindy Halle — August 18, 2014 @ 8:07 am

  34. I absolutely love this cast on. I have used it in several cowls that I have recently made. It has a more even appearance for me than the regular long tail cast on. Thanks for sharing this Staci. As stated by many of your viewers, your videos are very helpful and very clearly explained. I know I speak for the vast majority of your viewers when I say that we greatly appreciate your teaching and the fact that you so generously share your talent with us. Thank you :)

    Comment by Clarine — October 9, 2014 @ 2:00 am

  35. Staci: Was practicing the German long tail cast on & found you don’t want to practice with 100% acrylic yarn. It can really make your hands sore. Silly me. Thanks for the great tutorial. Keep up the good work. Blessings. Donna

    Comment by Donna — January 20, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

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