Crochet Cast On

Don't know how to crochet?  Don't worry, the crochet cast on uses a simple technique that is easy to learn and fun to do.

It takes a bit more time than a standard cast on, but if you are not in a hurry, you may find that the neat edge is worth the extra time. 

So, when would you use this cast on? 

Answer:  When you want the cast on edge to look like the bind off edge.  Scarves are a good example for this.  Both edges are visible and look the same!  Blankets or afghans without edging would also be a good choice.

You may hear this cast on used for a "provisional" cast on.  The technique is much the same but you use waste yarn (to be removed later) for the cast on.  You can learn more about that here.

Ready to give it a try?

All you need is your knitting needle, a crochet hook (of a similar size), and your yarn.

Begin by putting a slip knot on your crochet hook.

With the yarn behind the needle, place your crochet hook over the needle, catch the yarn and bring it back and through the slip knot.

Move the yarn back behind the needle (this is a bit awkward at first). Using the crochet hook in front of the needle, pull the yarn back and through the loop on the crochet hook.

There you have it!  Move yarn to back, pull through loop.  After the first stitch or two, you will find moving the yarn to the back gets a lot easier.

When you are one stitch short of the desired number, just slip the stitch from the crochet hook onto the needle, remove the crochet hook and you are ready to begin Row 1!

Notice the nice, neat edge!
Now, knit up a swatch and bind off.  Compare the two edges and note how similar they look.

This video does a great job showing you how:

Pretty simple?  As with trying any new knitting technique, try doing a few small swatches.  They are great for practice and to see the results that each method produces.

These may seem like small details and they are!  But as you develop more and more skills, you will find that all the small details put together will get rave reviews!

Have fun and...

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