Why use a crochet cast-on?
A crochet cast-on provides a clean edge for knitting projects and can be useful when adding stitches in the middle of a project. It is especially useful when completed with waste yarn for a provisional cast-on edge – see below for further information about working the crochet provisional cast-on.
Using a hook one or two sizes larger than the knitting needle will provide the best results for a crochet cast-on, ensuring an edge that is firm, but not too tight.
With working yarn, create a slip knot loop around the crochet hook.
Hold the hook in the right hand and knitting needle in the left hand.
Bring yarn behind the needle and over the hook.
Pull yarn through loop on the hook. 1 stitch cast on.
Repeat steps 3–4 until one less than the desired number of stitches have been cast on.
Transfer the final loop from the hook to the needle. Pull working end of yarn to tighten loop around needle.
Crochet cast-on complete
Begin knitting as instructed in the pattern.
Crochet Provisional Cast-On
The crochet cast-on can be used for a quick and convenient provisional cast-on. The provisional variation is worked in the same way as the crochet cast-on, using waste yarn, with the following differences:
Before casting stitches onto the knitting needle, chain a few stitches with the crochet hook to make the waste yarn easier to manage.
Cast on the desired number of stitches, then chain a few stitches on the crochet hook. Break yarn and pull through the final loop.
Join working yarn and continue as instructed.
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Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash and Graphite.