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casting on with crochet

Posted by: leannie (IP Logged)
Date: September 07, 2009 01:38PM

I was watching "Knitting and Crochet Today" on a PBS cable station late at night and saw a method for casting on stitches with a crochet hook. I would love to know how to do this and was wondering if anyone could describe the method for me. Thanks!


Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: September 07, 2009 04:31PM

Sally Melville has a great description on how to do the crochet cast-on.

Start with a slip knot around your hook. Hold your knitting needle so that the yarn goes along the back of the needle, grab the yarn across the top of the needle and draw it through the slip knot -- you have now created a loop around your needle which represents one stitch. Move your working yarn so it is behind your needle again, grab the yarn with your hook across the top of your needle and pull it through the loop on your hook. You have now created a second loop around your needle and you have cast-on 2 stitches. Continue doing this until you have one less stitch than you need. For that final stitch, take the loop that is around your hook and place it on your needle.

If you find your crochet cast-on a little snug, work it around a larger needle, or even two of your needles. While learning the cast-on I suggest doing it with just one larger needle but after you are comfortable with this cast-on, you could work it around two needles.

Posted by: Mother Hen (IP Logged)
Date: September 08, 2009 06:16AM

Here are a few of the many sites that show how to do this Cast ON.
With Dial-up ( tooo slow to view ) I don't save the U-tube sites , but they are there if you just choose
" Crochet Cast On " in the search boxs.

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: September 08, 2009 11:11AM

Keep in mind that this is sometimes an okay foundation cast-on, but a terrible one for anything that needs to stretch. It isn't particularly good to match knitting stitch patterns either.

If your first few rows are in ribbing of any kind, I would strongly advise against its use. The good old long-tail is a far better choice and better still is the alternating cable. The tubular is the gold-standard for a lot of people (not me, although I love the tubular bind-off).

Crochet-on is nice for scarves as the common loop-over bind-off will match it well (the ends will look the same) and it gives an easily-seen stitch to pull fringe through.