When knitting, the one thing that literally begins your project is the cast-on. There are many ways to cast on depending on what you are knitting, personal preference, and the look you want to create. Here we will show you the five most popular ways to cast on to knit your next project.
is used to create an even set of stretchy stitches. This is an easy cast to knit and pick up stitches from. And once you get the hang of it, it can be the fastest to cast on. You can explore more about the long-tail cast-on method here
Knit Cast-On (or Purl Cast-On)
is used to form a nice firm edge using a knit or purl stitch. This is a great method for a beginner knitter. Start with a slip knot then knit 1, leaving the stitch on your left needle. Then transfer the new stitch onto your left needle by slipping it knit-wise. Learn more about this cast-on method here
is used when starting projects that have a rib or cable. It’s a great loose and stretchy cast-on. Start with a slip knot and then knit into the slip knot, leaving the stitch on the left needle. Place the new stitch onto the left needle, by slipping it knit-wise. Knit into the gap between the last two stitches on left needle and place the knitted stitch onto left needle by slipping it knit-wise. Head here for pictures and video featuring the cable cast-on
Loop Cast-On (also known as the Backwards Loop Cast-On)
can be used to start your project or to create stitches in the body of your work. It’s great for a beginning knitter as it’s easy and quick to learn. Our pictures and video will help guide you through this cast-on here
is used by taking a crochet hook to work to cast on. This method most resembles a bind off and can be used to make it easy to pick up stitches later on. You can use a shorter tail for the cast on and it’s great for those projects where you are using up scraps and aren’t entirely sure of how much yardage you have left. Our photos will guide you through the crochet cast-on
With over 30 different ways to cast on stitches, you may get a bit overwhelmed, but each technique has it’s purpose and learning a variety of cast ons will help improve your pieces. What cast-on would you like to try?