How to Cast-on and Bind Off Stitches

Dernière mise à jour : 10 nov. 2020

Casting On Stitches is the most important step when it comes to knitting. This step determine the number of stitches you will be able to use, the width of the project, but also which method to use for binding off stitches. Some cast-on and bind off works together and give consistency to your knitting. Here, I explain to you how to knit them and what are their characteristics so that YOU choose what suits your knitting, what makes it consistent from one end to the other so you can get neat and pretty finishes. This article is in constant construction, new cast-on and bind-off will be added from time to time. By becoming a member of the site, you will receive automatic notifications of its update.

Cast-On Methods

The knitted method

The knitted method is the method I prefer to teach to first-time knitters. It allows to familiarize yourself with the management of needles, their weights, the thread, the fact that it is everywhere and that it might slides. Even if we only have 2 hands and 10 fingers and we think we know how to use them, it turns out that when we learn something new we find ourselves completely incapable of using them 😥. The knitted cast-on is prepared like a knit stitch, it makes it beautiful to see on both sides of the knitting. It is resistant and solid but it is also quite elastic! This characteristic is important. Beginners often, because they are afraid of seeing the stitches slip, tend to tighten the stitches a lot. Then as they progress in their knitting they gain confidence and the tension is released. The problem is that if the cast-on is very tight, it becomes narrower than the rest of the knitting which is not beautiful. In this video 👇 I show you how to make sure that your cast-on is elastic but also regular. The regularity of the cast-onis another way of ensuring that your project looks nice. That's the 2nd advantage. The cast-on is only one row in a knitted fabric, it remains visible so it seems a good idea to do it right from the start.

The knitted cast-on is a repetition of 6 step:

  1. insert the needle,

  2. wrap the yarn around,

  3. draw the thread in the stitch,

  4. put the stitch on the other needle,

  5. insert again the needle,

  6. tighten the stitch.

Steps 5 and 6 will ensure the elasticity and regularity of your cast-on. Finally, but not least, the main advantage of starting with the knitted method is that when you understand steps 1 to 3, you know how to work the knit stitch!

Learning this cast-on allows you to learn at the same time the knnit stiche, the knit stitch is the most used knitting stitch. This stitch and the cast-on are the 2 things you need to know as a beginner.

This last piece of information is for confirmed knitter, the knitted method can also be used to add stitches at the end of a row or at the armpit when working a sweater in the round.

The Garter Tab Method

I did show you this picture in an earlier post about blocking your knits.

It's about 2 mini shawls, worked the same way except for the cast-on. What a difference we can already see !!!

The first shawl has a "full" bottom edge looking way nicer than the "crease" from the second shawl. For the second shawl, I did the most simple cast-on possible. There is no matter to fill-up the space. I'm working over a single line of stitches while the top shawl has a more content.

The garter tab cast-on gives that more full, nicer and cleaner effect.

A garter tab cast on consists of knitting a band in garter stitch (TADAAAA) and then pick up stitches on the long side of this band to finish picking up stitches again on the cast on.

Here is the video I made showing you how to do it, especially if you choose to knit the Climbing Vine Bandana!