Combine Knit and Crochet With the Crochet Cast-On

crochet cast-on

Once you find your favorite knitting cast-on, you may find yourself using it for just about everything (hello, long-tail cast-on). But it’s a good idea to have other cast-ons in your repertoire, because you never know when you’ll need to whip them out.

Meet the crochet cast-on! This method makes a nice, neat braid that looks just like the bind-off edge. If you’re a crocheter and a knitter, this one will be a total breeze. If you’ve never crocheted, though, don’t worry. As long as you can hold a hook, you can pretty much nail this.

Pro Tip: You can also use this as a provisional cast-on, which is temporary. Make sure to follow the variation at the end of our tutorial to chain a few extra stitches if you’re doing a provisional cast-on.

Crochet Cast-On

Level: Advanced beginner

What You Need

  • A crochet hook that matches your yarn weight (check the label if you’re not sure what size to use)
  • One knitting needle (the same needle you’re going to use for your project)
  • Yarn
  • Pro Tip: If you’re using this cast-on as a provisional cast-on that’ll be removed later, you can use scrap yarn. Just try to use scraps that are a similar weight to the yarn you’re using in your project.

    Instructions

    slipknot on crochet hook

    1. Tie a slip knot onto the crochet hook, leaving a yarn tail just long enough to weave in later. Then hold the crochet hook in your dominant hand.

    crochet cast on step 1

    2. Hold the knitting needle in your non-dominant hand and place the knitting needle on top of the working yarn.

    crochet cast on step 2

    3. Wrap the working yarn over the hook, above the knitting needle.

    As you’re wrapping the yarn for the first cast-on stitch, you might want to hold onto the yarn tail, too, or just give it a little tug after you make the first stitch. That’ll ensure the tension is even.

    crochet cast on step 3

    4. Pull the working yarn through the loop that’s already on the hook (from your slip knot). First cast-on stitch: complete!

    crochet cast on step 4

    5. Move the working yarn to the back, again placing the knitting needle on top of the working yarn.

    finished crochet cast on

    6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you’ve cast on the number of stitches called for, minus 1. So if your pattern asks you to cast on 38 stitches, repeat steps 3-5 until you have 37 stitches. (Suspenseful, right?)

    crochet cast on detail

    7. Now let’s cast on that final stitch. You’ll notice that you still have a loop around your crochet hook. That’s your last cast-on stitch — just pull it up and slide it onto your knitting needle.

    After you add the final stitch, you can put the crochet hook aside and start knitting.

    crochet cast on variation

    Variation: Provisional Crochet Cast-On

    If you’re working the crochet cast-on as a provisional cast-on, skip step 7 and chain stitch a couple extra stitches instead. When you’re ready to take out the provisional cast-on, you’ll start by pulling out the chain.

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