Old-Norwegian Cast-On

The Old-Norwegian Cast-on is a versatile knitting technique that we absolutely adore. It is particularly well-suited for various projects such as hats, mittens/gloves, and cuff-down socks. What makes this cast-on method truly exceptional is the fact that it creates a remarkably clean edge while offering just the right amount of stretch for a comfortable fit on brims, cuffs, sleeves, and more.

Let’s delve into the intricacies of the Old-Norwegian Cast-on. This technique is also known by a few other names, including Twisted German and Elastic Long-Tail. These aliases highlight the similarities and shared characteristics among these cast-on methods.

It is worth noting that the Old-Norwegian Cast-on is not only limited to the aforementioned projects. Its versatility extends to various other knitting endeavors where a clean edge and sufficient stretch are desired. Whether you are working on a sweater sleeve, a scarf, or even a baby blanket, this cast-on technique can be an excellent choice.

In summary, the Old-Norwegian Cast-on is a fantastic knitting method that offers a clean edge and the perfect amount of stretch for a comfortable fit. Its aliases, Twisted German and Elastic Long-Tail, emphasize the similar qualities shared by these cast-on techniques. Whether you are knitting hats, mittens/gloves, cuff-down socks, or other projects requiring a clean edge and stretch, the Old-Norwegian Cast-on is a go-to technique that will not disappoint.


Directions for an Old-Norwegian Cast-on

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, coming out underneath the strand that is in front of your thumb.
Step 4: Bend your left thumb toward the index finger and reach over the top of the strand on your index finger. The loop on your thumb now has an X in it.
Step 5: Bring the needle tip through the bottom half of the X (nearest the needle), grab the index finger yarn to make your new stitch, drop the thumb loop, and tighten the stitch.

Repeat steps 2-5 until you have the desired number of stitches for your project. If you are an incredibly tight knitter, you may wish to use larger needles to ensure you’re going to have a stretchy enough cast-on.


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