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crochet Cast-On

 

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.

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step 1

With working yarn, create a slip knot loop around the crochet hook.

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step 2

Hold the hook in the right hand and knitting needle in the left hand.

 
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Step 3

Bring yarn behind the needle and over the hook.

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Step 4

Pull yarn through loop on the hook. 1 stitch cast on.

 
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Step 5

Repeat steps 3–4  until one less than the desired number of stitches have been cast on.

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Step 6

Transfer the final loop from the hook to the needle. Pull working end of yarn to tighten loop around needle.

 
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Step 7

Crochet cast-on complete

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Step 8

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:

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Before casting stitches onto the knitting needle, chain a few stitches with the crochet hook to make the waste yarn easier to manage.

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Cast on the desired number of stitches, then chain a few stitches on the crochet hook. Break yarn and pull through the final loop.

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Join working yarn and continue as instructed.


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Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash and Graphite.