What cast on method is best?
Open vs Closed Cast On
Closed but Temporary
Closed and Functional
Specialty Cast On
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It's up to you!

As with all things machine knitting, there are many, many ways of casting on your knitting.

When we first start knitting we are anxious to get stitches on the machine and get knitting. But we soon find that there may be better methods to cast on.

Please don't get stuck in a rut and use the same cast on over and over. Take time to LEARN and PRACTICE different methods. Some are fast (but not good for the hem of a sweater). Others are a more time consuming (but beautiful). Some are stretchy enough for socks, others not so much.

On your machine knitting journey, it's up to you to discover the perfect cast on for your specific project.

What's the Difference?

Open Cast on
By definition, an open cast on will have stitches that may 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
  • Open Cast on with a wire
  • Open Cast on with Ravel cord
Most knitters graduate beyond these methods pretty quickly.
The most often used open cast on methods are:
  • Scrap and Ravel
  • Using a Cast on Rag
You will use these again and again


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.
    Uses:
    • Cast on for swatching
    • Scrap 'n Ravel Cast on
    • Cut 'n Sew
  • Closed and Functional
    These techniques can be used for the edges of your knitting, without any additional finishing.
    • We'll cover a few of these techniques in the following section

Scrap On

These 2 methods, allow you to get knitting on the machine, so you can hang weights and protect your garment knitting.
Let's say you are working with a fine, delicate yarn or you are working a complicated hem. Having scrap on the machine keeps the weights off the garment knitting.

Open Cast on: Scrap on and simply start knitting. When you remove the ravel cord and scrap (or cast on rag) the open stitches will then be available for you to work after your knitted piece is complete.

Closed Cast on: Scrap on and work a closed cast on OVER the ravel cord. When you remove the ravel cord and scrap (or cast on rag) the edge will be closed and finished.

Scrap on Scrap Off

Creating a Cast on Rag

Cast on for Points

Fast Closed Cast On

For your eyes only

These cast on methods are quick and have their place ... they just wouldn't be appropriate for the finished edge of your next sweater.
Uses:
  • Cast on for swatching
  • Scrap 'n Ravel Cast on
  • Cut 'n Sew

Slip Cast on - Extra FAST!

Super Fast Closed Cast On

Every other needle cast on

Weaving Cast on

Weaving Cast on WITHOUT Brushes

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These closed cast on methods can stand on their own as far as function and appearance.

Chain Cast On

E-Wrap Cast On

Double E-wrap 3 techniques

Backward E-Wrap

Think outside the box

Picot Cast on

I-Cord Bind off and Cast on

No Ribber? Ribbing Cast On Options

Words of advice

Practice cast on methods until you can work them in your sleep.

Don't wait until you are working with expensive luxury yarn. If you are planning to wear your sweater tomorrow, today is not the day to experiment with a new cast on method.

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Let's get down to the basics. No matter what grand plans you have for your knitting, getting started and ending are key. But what methods are best?

Don't get in a rut! Learn (and practice) a number of cast on, bind off and hem techniques. Determine which you prefer and which ones are suitable for different applications.