Old-Norwegian Cast-On

The Old-Norwegian cast-on is one of my favorites for hats, mittens/gloves, and cuff-down socks. It leaves an incredibly clean edge while giving enough stretch to fit comfortably on brims, cuffs, sleeves, etc. Aliases of the Old-Norwegian Cast-on; Twisted German, Elastic Long-Tail Directions: Step 1: Make a slip knot, leaving a long tail. Place the slip knot on the right-hand needle and hold the yarn in the slingshot position with your left hand. Step 2: Insert the needle tip under both strands of the tail yarn on your thumb. Step 3: Come over the top and down into the thumb loop, READ MORE

Cable Cast-On

The Cable Cast-On leaves a tidy firm edge that isn’t terribly stretchy. It’s my go-to for adding on stitches to the end of rows for applied lace bind-offs, picot bind-offs, creating buttonholes, and for casting on in preparation for Garter Tabs. Step 1: Make a slip knot, leaving a short tail, and place it on the left-hand needle. Step 2: Knit into the slip knot, leaving the slip knot on the left-hand needle. Step 3: Slip the new stitch back to the left-hand needle knitwise. Step 4: Insert the needle between the last 2 stitches on the left-hand needle and READ MORE