Five Ways to Cast On Your Next Knitting Project

Five Ways to Cast On your Knitting Project

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.

How to do a long-tail cast onLong-Tail Cast-On 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.


How to do a knit cast onKnit 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.


How to do a cable cast onCable Cast-On 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.


How to do a loop cast onLoop 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.


How to do a crochet cast onCrochet Cast-On 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?


Sarah Punderson

Love the videos, great for teaching. I like that it is repeated in slow motion. I teach knitting so I would refer my students to these for reference materials. I’m not sure that I agree that the cable cast on is stretchy though.


you are right Sarah – it’s not stretchy at all. the knit cast on gives a similar look to the cable cast on but is stretchier…


My favorite so far has been the crochet hook cast on. What I have found out so far on all the cast ons that I gave tried, being left handed, is my first row of stitches are backwards & I must start knitting or purling into the back on the first row.. Has anyone else had this challenge? And how have you taken care of it

Tamara Morgan

I enjoyed learning the Norwegian cast on. I’ve forgotten now what it’s best for, but it was enjoyable to learn (complex)!


One of my favorite cast ons in the twisted german cast on! I need practice with the provisional cast on, I find it really challenging since I cannot crochet to save my life.

Nordyn Anderson

Saw a wonderful knit scarf pattern on Facebook, it fit close to neck and had button closing. A favorite for outdoor activity. I posted it thinking to safe it but when I went back to order, it was gone. Can you help me?


Duh! Hadn’t thought about using crochet as a cast on – have only used it for provisional casting on.


Using the trinity stich What size needle would I use to make a small baby blanket ? also how many should I cast on?


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