How many cast ons do you know? (tubular for example?)

I have lately started to “collect” cast ons… you never know what to use them for :smiley:

I used to do long tail forever and love them still. But lately I have started a search.

Accidentally I just stumbled over the tubular cast on:

Pretty impressive and probably fun. Might be great for all sorts of edges.

Lets find all instructions / possibilities out there and make your own explanations if you do it differently:

long tail
single cast on / loop on
alternate cable
knitting on
German twisted

are already in the video section

tubular I can add :wink:

and crochet on

I have left out the provisional ones entirely.

I will think hard over the next few days… there must be more (one zig-zag motion one I do not know the English name for - Runder Anschlag in German) that I use. I will add them in.

Hadn’t seen the tubular CO before. Interesting. The ones I know and use are long tail, knit on, loop on and cable. I’ve probably used another one or two on specific project per directions, but can’t remember them right now.

The Golden Apples blog has about 30 COs listed, many are just variations of the standard 5 or 6.

How many do we actually KNOW or know of? I only know a few that I don’t have to look up, but I know of many others that I use occasionally, but have to find my info to remember how to do it.

I like the figure 8 cast on as well. I use it when making dolls sometimes.

As Jan said in her post:

I know how to do a few without looking up, and I know of some others that I need to look up instructions for or have never done before. I usually stick with the ones I know, I can basically do 5-8 cast ons with no instructions: Long tail, knitted, cabled, backwards loop, tubular and I can also do 1 version of a Provisional cast on. Then there are toe-up sock cast ons, Judy’s magic cast on and Turkish cast on. I haven’t made a single sock yet, let alone a toe-up sock, but I used the cast ons for a cap brim.

I personally know

crochet provisional
long tail
german twisted
magic cast on for toe up socks…


I learned nearly all my CO methods here at KH.

Knit CO
Cable CO
Long Tail CO
Figure 8 (provisional) CO
Crochet (provisional) CO

I learned Judy’s Magic CO from Cat (of the “udder needle”) Bordhi. :wink:
This can be used as a provisional CO or as a alternative method to do a Tubular CO.

[B]Flat circular[/B]
[SIZE=“1”](From Crochet I know of a different meaning of “magic loop” that doesn’t refer to a loop (or two) in a long corded circular needle.)[/SIZE]
Here are two flat, circular COs that use a loop in tail that is drawn tight to “magically” make the center hole disappear.

Circular cast-on two similar ways (video by djinnj)

Those would be great for a top down hat, a doily, table cloth, or circular shawl or dish cloth.

I’ll be looking for new CO methods, but part of the difficulty is identifying similar methods that merely have different names because of alternative executions.

I mostly do the longtail cast on, but must find out a way of figuring out how long the tail should be before starting as I usually need a few attempts before getting it right.

I know 2 different kinds of tubular cast-on, either of which can be used when knitting something tubular, rather than just producing a nice edge.


Longtail is deffinitely my favorit since … when ever in my childhood I learned it.
But I like the variation and sometimes other cast ons are needed.

I just did one “from the middle” - I do not know if that is what you refer to as figure 8. The video is on, too.
was great for that bonnet I made for my god daughter.

I just also like to collect “knowledge” about different styles and methods.

In school we learned to do the lenght of a short (20cm) needle for each 20 stitches in longtail plus some extra for the tail. But that does not always work, of course. The thicker the yarn is, the less that works (of course). But it is a start.

I rather make the tail too long (and cut some if it gets in the way) than to start over a few times. But I do - start over a lot, I mean :wink:

[color="#330099"]I’ll wrap [B]twelve[/B] YO on my needle then measure that length against the needle for every [B]ten[/B] stitches I need in the CO. If you are more loose in your knitting you may need 13 or 15 YO for every ten stitches of your long tail cast on. A tighter knitter may only need 10 or 9 YO to every 10 stitches of long tail CO.

Now THAT is a good way to measure it! I like this method! Thanks a lot!