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 It! Sew What? Etsy page.

The needles I’m using are Addi Turbos (widely available)

The yarn I’m using is Malabrigo Worsted, color Deja Vu

18 comments on “Casting-On Many Stitches

  1. Thank you so much for all of your tutorials. You are an awesome teacher! Could you please have a tutorial on how to knit/read a shawl pattern. I get so confused with the repeats sections after I knit the set-up rows. The pattern writers leave knitters like me with no clue how to extend the ends of the the pattern when I need to repeat rows 1-9 when rows 1-9 have fewer stitches on them than the rows I’m beginning to knit. (I’m direction-impaired when it comes to extending charts.) 🙂


  2. On your tutorial for knitting Christmas stockings, you show a little tip for when you have joined a new color yarn. Do you go into the leg of the stitch below just once so you don’t have the little jog for the added color or do you do that at the beginning of each round you are doing on the circular needles.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m a very new knitter, just starting this October and I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out a reasonable way to determine how much tail to leave for the long tail cast on. After a week of trial and error and many tutorials, your short video did the trick. A method I can remember and adapt for any pattern. Thank you!

  4. This was amazingly helpful. One of the things I love about your videos and blogposts is that you tell us the little things it seems the books and some teachers forgot to mention. Thanks for this!


  5. thanks for the great tip, I have wasted a lot of times on cast on many stitches because I always have to count from the beginning, and never have long enough tails. this is really helpful.

  6. Ah to make a shawl… only this is greek to me.

    Here is the pattern I am trying to figure out. It says Cast on 3 sts. Only to do the setup pattern you need four plus five sts or is that the total number of stitches..
    Pattern Instructions:

    With Color A, CO 3 sts.
    Work set up rows:
    Row 1: * k1, yo * twice, k1. 5 sts.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: * k1, yo* four times, k1. 9 sts.
    Row 4: Purl.
    Row 5: * k1, yo * twice, pm, * k1, yo * twice, pm, *k1, yo * twice, pm, * k1, yo * twice, k1. 17 sts.
    Row 6: Purl.
    Please help… I’m not sure if the k1 . 5 sts refers to the amt of sts you have or that you have to knit addition 5 sts
    do I only cast on 3 sts?

  7. Anne – yes, you want to cast-on 3 stitches. The k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 will result in 5 stitches, since yarn overs are increases. The “5 stitches” at the end of the instructions for any given row (in any pattern) refers to the number of stitches you will have after COMPLETING that row.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  8. hi. I always tend to twist my stitches whenever I use a long circular needle witha lot of stitches. Do you have a trick to stop it from twisting? Lately, I decided to start with DPN and change to circular needle on 3rd row.

  9. Are you twisting stitches, or is the yarn just getting twisted? If you’re twisting stitches, be sure you’re working the technique properly. If the tail end of the yarn is getting twisted (this is normal), just drop the tail and let it unravel every few stitches.

    S t a c i

  10. Staci, you’ve introduced many more cast-on (and bind-off) methods than I knew existed. Is there a single video or post that discusses them all briefly (maybe with links to the detailed individual videos) and explains which method is suitable for which type of project? It would be so helpful to have this all in one place.

  11. Hi Staci

    I have learned so much from your tutorials. Thank you so much.

    I really like the stitch markers that I see you using. I followed the link you posted for rycrafty on etsy and it shows that they are taking a break. Any word on when they will return or where I might find your particular stitch markers? I’ve tried other knitting sites without any luck.

    Thanks again,


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