Casting-On Without a Slip Knot

In this video we take a look at how using or not using a slip knot in your cast-on changes the look of your knitting, and I demonstrate how to cast-on without a slip knot in a couple of different long-tail COs.

The yarn I use for demonstration is Spud & Chloe Outer.

The needles I use for demonstration are Knitter’s Pride Basics.

My nail polish is by Julep, color “Evan”.

3 comments on “Casting-On Without a Slip Knot

  1. Hi Staci–What would you use this for? Or would your pattern tell you? I’ve never seen it called for, and I prefer the squared edge of the slip-knot cast-on, but it’s always good to have a back-up. Thanks!

    • Bethany,

      I use a slip knot when the edge is exposed and without when the edge is hidden in a seam. I think it is easier to allow this to have no bulk when in seams. I also don’t do the cast-on-without-a-slip-know in this fashion. When doing the sling shot setup of the long tail cast-on I first point the needle back toward me and under the yarn. I then twist the yarn back to the ready point for the sling shot by passing the needle over the yarn. This gives a stitch with a twist below it but not so much yarn as to have the bulk of a knot.

      If you can make the long tail cast on with your yarn in a relaxed state and not pulled tight around the needle, it can make for a very beautiful cast-on which is also very elastic. If the yarn is pulled tight around the needle then the cast-on will be very firm and not elastic.

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