How-To Video: The Crochet Cast-On – NorthCoast Knittery

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How-To Video: The Crochet Cast-On

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     So you sit down with your needles and yummy yarn, ready to begin a new project. But which cast-on technique do you use? Long tail? Backwards Loop? Cabled? If you pick up a technique book, you'd find that there are about a million different cast-on methods to choose from. In fact, there are so many options- we've scheduled an entire class just on Casting-On (More info on the "Great Beginnings: Versatile Cast-Ons" Class HERE).

There are a few of us here at the shop that almost always prefer the Crochet Cast-On. Why?

    • It creates a clean looking edge.
    • You don't need to estimate how much yarn you need for the cast-on (extra useful when you're starting with a lot of stitches!).
    • It's easy to keep an even tension.
    • It's a provisional method*, so it's extra versatile!

*Provisional cast-on methods are easy to pick out and unravel so that the first row of stitches are "live". You often do this to work a 3 needle bind off or Kitchener stitch for grafting, instead of creating a large seam in your project. For a project using this technique, check out our Rolling Pebbles Cowl

If you're using the Crochet Cast-On as a Provisional Cast-On, then you'll use a piece of scrap yarn instead of your project yarn.
It's a good idea to use a bright contrasting color, so you can see it easier!

Of course you don't have to use this Cast-On as a Provisional. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer to use this method for pretty much all of my projects. I love how tidy it looks! 

I've demonstrated the Crochet Cast-On in the video below. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact us! 

Do you have a specific technique that you'd like to see demonstrated? Let us know!

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  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): February 06, 2017

    Carolyn, try to use a hook size that matches your needles. If you find that your cast on is a little tight, go ahead and move up a hook size (or go down a hook size if your cast on is looking too loose for you)! :)

  • Carolyn Laumann: February 04, 2017

    Does it matter what size Crochet hook you use? Should it be the same? Slightly larger or smaller?

  • Kathi : February 01, 2017

    Thanks for this. I always wondered if I was doing it right!

  • Virginia (NCK Marketing Assistant): February 01, 2017

    Hi Jan! As I mentioned above, I like using this technique even when I don’t need a provisional cast-on because it looks clean, you don’t need to estimate how much yarn you need, and it’s really easy to keep an even tension. It is on the stretchier side of cast-on methods, although I’ve never had an issue with the Crochet Cast-On being too tight or too loose. It’s a great cast-on regardless of your project!

  • Jan: February 01, 2017

    Just a quick question…Why do you like this better than other cast-ons? Is it a firm cast-on or a bit loose? Is it good for all applications? Sorry, guess that is 3 questions, not 1. ;-)

  • Suzi Smith: February 01, 2017

    Thank you for your video. I will definitely try this cast on.

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