Casting On

Unless otherwise stated I always use a long tail cast on. has a good overview of different cast on methods, and here are my favourite ways to work some particular cast ons:

Provisional cast on
Any cast on done in waste yarn that can be unpicked so that the resulting live stitches can be placed on a needle and worked from or kitchener stitched. I like to work this by crocheting around the knitting needle with the waste yarn because it’s very easy to ‘unzip’ the crochet chain – but if you are not familiar with crocheting you may find a different method easier.

Tubular cast on
There are several ways to work a tubular cast on, which creates a very nice edge for ribbing, but this  is the way I use most often. My Skelf, Gretel and Hendreary are a few patterns that feature this technique.

Figure of eight cast on
This cast on is more commonly used for toe up socks but I’ve used it in Almond Comfit, Roisin and  Sherilyn a tutorial can be found on about half way down the page.

Judy’s magic cast on
A good alternative to the figure of eight cast on mentioned above is the magic cast on, a pictorial guide can be found on

Invisible cast on
The invisible cast on aka casting on from the middle disappearing loop method is a neat cast on for starting in the centre of a project and working out. Techknitter has a detailed tutorial for this method which can be found here
I use it mostly for starting toys but recently socks as well. Two patterns that use this cast on method are  Trinket and Sherman