How to Cast On Knitting – Crochet Cast On

There’s nothing worse than getting stuck before you even get started when learning a new hobby!

When I first learned, I could NEVER remember how to cast on in knitting.

Since a knit cast on (there’s quite a few different methods out there!) is how you create a foundation row for your project, it’s a crucial part of getting started.

knitting cast on

How to Cast On Knitting – Crochet Cast On Method

It was rather frustrating to gather all my supplies, find a cozy quiet spot to work, sit down, and not even be able to get started.  I don’t know why I found the traditional knit cast on method to be so crazy hard to remember, but I had a serious brain block!!  I was constantly going over to YouTube and re-learning how to do the knit cast on.

Luckily, I had a bit of a knitting guru who could help me along at the time.

After teaching me the traditional method a handful of times (and recognizing my capacity for forgetfulness), she showed me the absolute BEST method of how to cast on knitting.

This simple method has received rave reviews from everyone I’ve shown it to.  Especially those who crochet before they pick up knitting.  Because you use a crochet hook to help create your row of foundation stitches in this method, it feels comfortable and familiar to those who learned crochet first.

The edge created by this cast on method has a fair amount of stretch to it and looks similar to the edge created by the traditional bind off method.  It’s a lovely, finished look.

I use this knit cast on method for all types of projects. 

I’ve used it from socks to hats to blankets.  It looks lovely on any project.  If you’d like to ensure it’s extra stretchy, then you can use a crochet hook that’s just slightly larger in size than your knitting needles.  This helps keep it all nice and loose (and stretchy!).

Also worth mentioning is that this cast on starts right near the tail end of the yarn…..so there’s no tricky guesstimating on how much yarn you need to leave free like some other methods.

If you prefer a video to step-by-step photos, then scroll to the bottom of this post…

I’ve shared a video on how to do this crochet cast on method for knitting there.

How to Cast On Knitting

Step 1.  Get a crochet hook the same size (or one size larger for extra stretch) as your knitting needles.

knitting needles and crochet hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step One

Step 2. Make a slip knot and place it onto your crochet hook. (See my slip knot tutorial here if you need a refresher.)

Place slip knot on crochet hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Two

Step 3. Vertically line up one knitting needle with your crochet hook.

Line hook and needle up vertically

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Three

Step 4. Take working yarn under knitting needle and fold it back over the top of crochet hook.

wrap yarn under needle and back to top of hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Four

Step 5.  Wrap yarn under knitting needle again so you create an additional loop on your crochet hook.

 

wrap yarn back under knitting needle

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Five

Step 6.  Use crochet hook to pull top loop through bottom loop, creating a secure loop on knitting needle.

pull top loop through bottom loop on crochet hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Six

Step 7.  Slide remaining loop back onto crochet hook and line hook and needle up to create another loop.

place remaining stitch back onto crochet hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Seven

Step 8.  Wrap working yarn back under knitting needle and over the top of both needle and hook.

wrap yarn under needle and over both hook and needle

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Eight

Step 9.  Wrap yarn back under hook and needle in preparation of creating another loop.

wrap yarn back under hook and needle

How to Cast on Knitting – Step Nine

Step 10.  Use crochet hook to pull top loop on hook through bottom loop on hook, creating another loop on needle.

Pull top loop through bottom loop on hook

How to Cast on Knitting – Step Ten

Step 11.  Repeat Steps 7-10 until you’re one loop shy of the required amount needed to start your project.

cast on remaining stitches

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Eleven

Step 12.  To finish cast on foundation row, remove loop from crochet hook.

remove loop from crochet hook

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Twelve

Step 13. Place loop onto knitting needle.

Place last loop onto needle

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Thirteen

Step 14.  Pull on working yarn tail to snug the loop up in preparation of knitting your first row.

pull on working yarn to snug last loop on needle

How to Cast On Knitting – Step Fourteen

knitting foundation cast on row

How to Cast on Knitting – Crochet Cast on Method

This quick and easy knitting cast on method uses a crochet hook to create a lovely edge great for nearly any project.  No need to estimate yarn needed.  Love it

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