Cast-On and Bind-Off

Casting on lays the foundation for your knitting project. Cast-on is the method by which stitches are formed that you then knit or purl to form your knitted item. Choosing the right cast-on can enhance the success of a project. For example, you might need a stretchy bind-off for some toe-up socks, or you might need to cast on stitches in the middle of a row for a buttonhole; there are definitely instances when one technique is better to use than another.

We have a great gathering of resources for you here! You’ll find great tips for socks from Karen Frisa and Kate Atherley. Check out the great tutorials by Joni Coniglio. Visit the Interweave Knitting Glossary for tons of knitting illustrations and instructions! Get our free eBook, The Essentials of Casting On and Binding Off. Also download the Knitting Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs Demystified free infographic! Before you go, check out the Interweave shop for great knitting videos, kits, books, ebooks, and magazines!

Three Must-Know Gansey Cast-ons

Originally made for fishermen on the English and Scottish coasts, gansey sweaters have remained a knitted garment staple. The earliest printed reference to a fisherman’s jersey (gansey) is in a report in an 1858 edition of the Cornwall Lammas Assizes newspaper. A man named William Walsh, age 20, was sentenced for “the theft of clothing, […]

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The art of working colored pictures into your knitting is called intarsia. Picture-knitting has its place in every knitter’s repertoire of skills. The Picture-Knitting Concept If you’ve worked stranded knitting (see last week’s post for more on this technique), using two colors in one row is nothing new to you. But stranded knitting calls for […]

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Get the Perfect Edge: Tubular Cast-Ons, Part 1

I first encountered tubular cast-ons in machine knitting, where they are quite common. In machine knitting, tubular cast-ons set stitches on the needles so that the piece can be knitted as a tube, usually with a closed bottom edge (optionally, the bottom and the left or right edge can be left open). Often, after the […]

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Pattern Play: Cast-Ons

A great finished product starts at the beginning. Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series by Kate Atherley explains how. Originally published in knitscene Fall 2016. There […]

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Lace Cast-on and Bind-off Techniques

Knitted lace, a fabric that consists largely of holes, will always stretch wider than its counterpart in stockinette or garter stitch. The most common methods of casting on and binding off, however, often produce an edge that’s too firm and inflexible to stretch the width of a lacy fabric. Traditional lace shawls were often designed […]

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