German Twisted Cast-ON


Why use the German Twisted Cast-on?

The German twisted cast-on adds weight to the edge of a garment, and helps prevent stockinette from curling. This cast-on can be used for plain stockinette garments where ribbing or another edging would distract from the simplicity of the garment. For smaller pieces, the German twisted cast-on will add enough weight, but for larger garments, the double German cast-on may be necessary to add sufficient weight. 

Step 1

Measure out a tail of the necessary length* for the cast-on edge, as for a long-tail cast-on.

Step 2

Holding the doubled tail as for the long-tail cast-on, bring the working yarn over the needle and twist. Replace this step with a slip-knot if that is more comfortable for you.


Step 3

Bring the tip of the needle under both strands of yarn on the thumb.

Step 4

Bring the needle through the loop on the thumb, going over the strand furthest from you.


Step 5


Double German Twisted Cast-on


* To determine the necessary length for the tail, we recommend that you cast on 10 stitches using a long-tail cast-on. Then, holding the tail as close as possible to the final stitch AND holding on to the slip knot at the beginning, remove the stitches from the needle and unravel them.

The length of yarn you are holding is the length necessary to cast on 10 stitches. Divide by 10 to give you the length necessary for each stitch and use that as the basis for your calucations. The Cocoknits method using two separate balls of yarn is also effective, and removes the element of calculation.


Yarn shown is Shibui Knits Drift in Ash.