How-To Video: The Crochet Cast-On
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.