Have you ever looked to see how many ways you can cast on your next knitting project? I honestly don’t even know the answer, but there are a LOT. Each method of casting on serves its own purpose. My go to cast on, when not specified in the pattern, is the knitted cast on. This beginner friendly cast on is a great place to get started.
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Casting on, Binding off-What is the difference:
Before you get started learning about the knitted cast on lets just cover the basics. A cast on is the start of your knit project. This is the term used when you are loading stitches to your needles. There are many different ways that you can cast on your project. Many times the designer will leave the choice up to you. Sometimes the designer tells you a specific way to cast on to give the project a particular look. Once you find a method of casting on that you like you can stick with it, or try to mix things up over time.
Binding off is a term used when you remove your stitches from you needles. If you have done any knitting you will know that you can’t just take the live stitches off the needle. If you do this they will start to unravel and you will be back to a pile of yarn before you know it. Binding off is a way to lock the stitches in place so that they can’t come apart. Again, there are many ways that you can bind off your stitches. Most of the time you find that the designer tells you to bind off in pattern. Although we won’t be covering binding off in this video it is something that you should learn different methods for so you are prepared for your next project.
The Knitted Cast On:
The knitted cast on is my ‘go to’ cast on method. It is beginner friendly and very sturdy. If done the correct way your stitches should be even and not floppy as you can find with some other methods.
As the name hints this cast on method mimics the knit stich. You work the cast on stitches the same way you would work knitting stitches. Another reason this is so great for beginners, you really only need to know the knit stitch to get started.