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The Essentials of Casting On and Binding Off

Mar 29, 2013
From top to bottom: Backward Loop Cast-On, Knitted Cast-On, Cable Cast-On

Casting on and binding off are two skills that are essential for knitters to know. In our new eBook, The Essentials of Casting-on and Binding-Off: How to Cast-On and Bind-Off Knitting, we provide you with a bundle of cast-ons and bind-offs!

If you've ever needed to know how to cast on or bind off knitting, this is your lucky day: I've pulled together nine cast-ons and six bind-offs, so you'll find one for every project you knit.

Some of us rely on just two techniques, the long-tail cast-on and the standard bind-off, which are included here, but there are all kinds of cast-on and bind-off techniques that knitters should be familiar with.

For example, the Channel Island cast-on is deceptively easy to work, plus it makes a decorative border! And if you want strong shoulder seams, use the 3- needle bind-off! It's easy and it looks great.

Choosing the right cast-on can enhance the success of a project—you might need a stretchy bind-off for some toe-up socks, or you might need to cast on stitches in the middle of a row for a buttonhole; there are definitely instances when one technique is better to use than another.

You'll find them all in The Essentials of Casting-on and Binding-Off: How to Cast-On and Bind-Off Knitting.

I hope this helps you with two of the most important parts of your knitting projects: beginning and ending.


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olvey wrote
on Apr 2, 2013 5:22 PM

thank you  I have been knitting for years but depended on the 2 ways I learned 50 years ago  

on Mar 31, 2013 4:06 PM

Thank you! Well done and easy to understand, very grateful. This will improve my knitting. I like to improvise as I go along. :D

Blue@12 wrote
on Mar 30, 2013 3:40 PM

Thank you for this ebook - casting on or binding off are always something I worry about. I can use all the help I can get :)