Cast-Ons

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 […]

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2 x 2 Tubular Cast-On

This cast-on is great for the brim of hats, and can be easily substituted in if the hat pattern calls for a regular 2×2 rib. You can see my 1×1 Tubular Cast-On video here. Instructions for working this cast-on: 1. Using a provisional cast-on and scrap yarn, cast-on HALF of the total number of stitches […]

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Knit/Purl Cast-On

This cast-on is stretchy and nearly invisible, and a good choice for things like cuff-down socks and hat brims – items that have ribbing and require some extra stretch. A question came up when I was working this cast-on – can any rib combination work? I’ve tested it out, and the answer is yes. Just […]

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Provisional Cast-On Using a Crochet Hook

Provisional cast-ons are important in knitting, especially when knitting toe-up socks. Here is an alternative to picking up stitches from a crochet chain, by creating stitches directly on the needle. The Knitter’s Pride tools I use in this video are Symfonie Dreams Crochet Hooks, and Symfonie Dreamz Double-Pointed Needles from Knitter’s Pride Sock Needle Set. […]

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Pinhole Cast-On

The Pinhole Cast-On can be used when working just a few stitches on double-pointed needles, and it is unique in that it can be tightened, leaving no hole or gap in the very center of your work. The pattern for the square swatches I show in the video is as follows: CO 8 stitches, divide […]

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Judy’s Magic Cast-On

Instructions for working a sock toe using this cast-on can be found on knitty.com. Information on things you’ll see in this video: The poncho on the mannequin behind me is my Rodeo Drive Poncho, pattern + video tutorial. The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing (not my design, in a discontinued cotton yarn) can be […]

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Chinese Waitress Cast-On

A deep cast-on with medium stretch, the Chinese Waitress Cast-On is pretty on both sides, and therefore good for double-sided items like scarves and blankets. The sweater on the mannequin is my Woman’s Zippered Letterman’s Jacket, pattern + video tutorial. The pattern for the sweater I’m wearing can be found here (not my design). The […]

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Latvian Long-Tail Cast-On

The Latvian LTCO is pretty, fairly deep, and has decent stretch to it. But I think most knitters will get excited about this fact – after close inspection, I’m pretty sure it’s IDENTICAL ON BOTH SIDES. Please excuse the green screen background – we’re under a bit of construction in the studio. Exciting changes to […]

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Casting-On Many Stitches

Links to things you’ll see in the video: The Ravelry page for the pink shawl I’m wearing. My personal Ravelry page for that shawl (includes yarn details). The Ravelry page for the green scarf on the mannequin. My personal Ravelry page for that scarf (includes yarn details). The stitch markers I’m using are from Darn […]

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