Are you stuck in a rut using the same cast on method for everything?
Improve your knitting by getting familiar with as many techniques as possible.

Cast on methods fall into 2 categories:

1Open Cast on
By definition, an open cast on will have stitches that will unravel if given the chance.

Some machine manuals will give instruction for this type of cast on

Here are some variations:
  • Open Cast on with a cast on Comb (shown in the video)
  • Open Cast on with a wire
  • Open Cast on with Ravel cord (shown in the video)
Most knitters graduate beyond these methods pretty quickly.

The following cast on methods leave open stitches to be worked later. For example, leave open stitches, then pick them up and hand knit some ribbing. Or turn the knitting, pick up open stitches and knit reverse stockinette. You will use these again and again

2 Closed Cast on
With a closed cast on, the starting stitches are secure.

These techniques can be categorized:
  • Closed but temporary.
    These cast on methods are quick and have their place ... they just wouldn't be appropriate for the finished edge of your next sweater.
  • Closed and Functional
    These techniques can be used for the edges of your knitting, without any additional finishing.

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