To start—a list of cast on The count keeps changing! It stands at 60 cast ons. (as of 5/26/13)
This list is incomplete—but it's all the cast ons I know--Every time I think I have them all, new ones pop up.. Many cast on's have multiple names--(and many names are used for 2 or more cast ons!)-- The cast on I call 'Long Tail Twisted' is commonly called Old Norwegian, Twisted Norwegian, and Twisted German-- and it might have other names.
In addition, many cast ons have several ways to create them--most simplisticlly one major difference in methods is: some cast on methods are easier for knitter that use a right hand yarn hold, and other methods are easier for knitters that use a left hand yarn hold—For example the Twisted Cast on and the Maine cast on are identical –but worked differently—The first is very comfortable for a left hand yarn holding knitter, the second, is more comfortable for a right hand yarn holding knitter.
My videos are always listed first, but I will often include other videos --and in some cases, the only video is by another knitter. As I learn new cast ons, and find a video for them, I will add them. They will be tagged (NEW) for the first 6 or so months.
Single Yarn cast onsKnit Cast on
Same worked as a Purl Cast on
Same worked in ribbing (knits and purls)
Knit Cast on with picot's
Knit Cast on with an extra chain stitch done as a crochet cast on (Scarlet Zebra's Video)
Cable Cast on
Cable cast on worked as a purl See the Cable cast on video-above
Cable cast on worked knits and purls--seed or 1 X 1 ribbing (OR See the Cable Cast on Video-above)
Imitation I-cord cast on (another version of a double chain cast -totally new method! Thanks, Dolly.)NEW
Chinese Waitress Cast On(an alternate method of doing the double chain cast on) NEW
Tilybuddy's version of the Chinese Waitress cast on --EASIER to do! NEW
Chinese Knob (or button) Cast On An attractive cast on with a knobby edge--but not very stretchy. NEW
Double knotted Cast on (a very simple, very stretchy cast on)
Buttonhole (another method to create same cast on as the double knotted cast on)
Jeny's super stretchy (a third version of the double knotted, aka buttonhole cast on)
Simple as Purl cast on-- see simple link
Simple Alternate (knits and purls)--see simple link
Simple as Twisted-- see simple link
Wrapped Cast on—(especially good for ribbon yarn)
(AKA as Winding Cast on. This video treats it as a provisional cast on, but it can also be uses as a knit in round cast on (for say a toe up sock
Crocheted –(can be used as a provisional cast on)
--done with fingers NEW
--picked up from a chain (not recommend)
(Also see Knit cast on with extra chain above)
(Also see Imitation I-cord cast on above)
Double crochet chain, twisted (usually 2 colors)
--for left hand yarn hold
Double (2 strand) and Triple Yarn Cast On's
Some versions of long tail cast ons are/have been traditionally worked with a double strand of yarn on the thumb. Almost all versions can be worked A—In two colors/strands of yarn--(a contrasting yarn for thumb), OR B--with double (or triple) strands of yarn for thumb) If you count these variations, the number of 2 strand cast on methods is equal to 20 or 30 cast ons!
Long tail (sling shot)
Long tail (thumb)
Long Tail Twisted (sling shot version)
Long Tail Twisted (AKA Maine) thumb method
Long Tail Open (has a slightly different look)
Long tail (knit on)--(looks the same as the Open Long Tail cast on)
Twisted double chain --(a variant of the knit on long tail--with a twist)
Long Tail Open and Closed (aka Estonian--see Nancy Bush's video)-A combination of Open and standard Long Tail.
Chinese Long Tail Variation(excellent for 1 X 1 ribbing.) NEW
Long tail 2 color simple
Long Tail Braided (Long tail worked with from 2 to 5 strands of yarn--shown as a 3 color braid)
Kihnu Double Braided Cast on--(origianally from Nancy Bush--AKA Chinese 2 color cast on) NEW
Long tail Cast on Sturdy-- similar to Knit Sturdy, with a Long Tail cast on Base.
2 Needle Long tail Cast On this is a new video--this cast also has a matching bind off. NEW
--written, illustrated directions from: Principles of Knitting, June Hemmon Hiatt
Long Tail Austrian Style--(with index finger stitch (row 0) twisted--good for twisted ribbing)
Craig's Long Tail--this long tail variation has a twisted base stitch, similar to the channel Island cast on NEW
EZ's Provisional method
These Cast on's, called eyelet or noose--are designed for casting on when knitting a flat disk in the round--as you might find in the center of a circular (or square) shawl, or at the crown of a hat. They can also be used for casting on a toe up sock--especially if you desire a round toe on the sock.
Emily Ockers cast on is the best know, but not the easiest to do. There are also 2 disappearing loop methods.Emily Ocker --(she didn't claim to have invented it, but popularized it.)
Emily Ocker Eyelet cast on (video by Crafty Andy)
Emily Ocker Eyelet (my video coming soon)
Method 2 --A disappering loop method--No knot NEW
Method 3--A slip stitch method--this method uses a slip knot. It's the easiest method.NEW
Invisible cast Ons (aka Kitcherned Cast on's) are cast on's that have a neat rolled edge, and its almost impossible to tell where (or how!) the cast on was done. There are a number of methods for creating these edges.
All of them are a bit tricky--and all of them are easy to work too tight (which spoils the cast on edge) Take some time--try out a few methods, until you find the method you like best. I particularly like these cast on's for HATS and for top down sweaters--in both of these cases, the cast on edge hangs around your face--and its worth the effort to learn a cast on that make a perfect frame for your face. All of these cast ons are perfectly matched to the Kitchener bind off (aka A Grafted bind off.) A matching selvage can be created by working a 2 stitch i-cord.
Tubular AKA Invisible Cast on, (6 versions) which in the end, all look identical, but are created very differently!
--Crochet--Provisional cast on, R1 is alternate K1, YO's
--Self waste yarn--Similar to EZ's provisional cast on R1 is worked K1, Slip 1
--No waste yarn/Italian method --shown worked in 2 color (for ease in learning--once you master, work in single color)
Lace –e.i., Knit hairpin style lace used for a Cast on (See Vogue Knitting)
(aka Chinese non-stretchy cast on with ridged border)
From a sewn edge ( blanket stitch or chain stitch edge or trim on fabric)
I suggest you swatch first--while some of these are a perfect match, some are just close matches. Swatching is also an important tool for learning the cast on and bind off.
1--Any invisible/tubular cast on with a Kitchener (grafted) Bind off--(also has a matching selvage)
(there are at least 6 methods for making an tubular cast on)
2--I-cord cast on and I-cord Bind off. (also has a matching selvage)
3--Knit cast on with picots—Standard bind off with picots (also matching selvage)
4a--(also the Chinese waitress cast on and Tilybudy's version of double chain to the Double Chain bind off)
5--Loopy Lace Cast on, the loopy bind off, (also has a matching selvage)
6--Crochet Cast on to a standard Bind off
7--Long Tail (standard—sling shot, or thumb and Open version) to EZ's sewn bind off.
8--Latvian Long tail (aka Open/Closed long tail to a Sewn bind off (see Joyce Williams, Latvian Dreams)
9--Dolly's Imitation I-cord cast on and bind off (both on one video-perfect matches)
12--Use a provisional cast on, and then bind off both edges in any cast on you desire
Cast ons can be ornamental.
For example, cast on (Knit method) 10 stitches, (or some other number)
turn work and work a bobble in stitch 10, (make bobble small or large)
when the bobble is complete, continue casting on,
(cast on 10 more stitches and repeat bobble)
The sturdy cast on --Cast on 2—(knit or long tail method). Bind off 1, (1 stitch cast on) Repeat.(this cast on is demo'd in a video for the simple cast on method only--but it can be used with long tail, too. The Long tail version is less stretchy.
There is a video demo of this cast on, using the Knit Cast on. This cast on has a YO variation.
On R1 of the work, put a YO between each cast on stitch—to create a strong but open cast on edge. This cast on is not the stretchiest--but it is very sturdy.
For other ideas for edging—See Nicky Epstein's book(s) Knitting On the Edge. Her other edging books, Knitting Over the Edge, and Knitting Beyond the Edge have other –often larger and more involved edging ideas, the first book has more simple and basic edgings—but don't think they simple and basic means boring.
Provisional cast ons can be finished with a standard bind off, (to have matching edges), with a fancy bind off (picot, or a simple hem, or a picot hem) or with knit on edgings-- either edges that are knit down, or edgings that are knit across.
Forward to Cast Ons Part 3--Samplers, and images of the cast on edges (coming soon)
Forward to Selvage Stitches (this page is still under construction)