Knitting Tutorials – Simple One-Strand Cast-Ons 1 (Loop & Twisted Loop)

There are so many ways which you can cast-on, but generally you would only use 1-2 methods (I use crochet cast on or two-stranded cast on). But I wanted to introduce you to various ways of casting on because they all have their purpose. In the next two weeks, I would like to introduce you 4 versions of simple one-stranded cast-ons. This week, I will talk about 1) LOOP, 2) TWISTED LOOP, followed by  3) ALTERNATE LOOP and 4) DOUBLE TWIST LOOP cast-ons next week.

LOOP & TWISTED LOOP CAST ON

They are basic. But they are very useful for increasing sts (more than 2) which you would later pick up (e.g. neck edges, armholes etc). This is because of the understated edge that loop cast on gives. When you pick up sts made by loop methods, the seam would have less bulk and it is able to stretch more freely (c.f. cable cast on). Ideal for armhole, underarm and necklines etc.

1) LOOP CAST ON

♥ Use when you will be working on knit stitch on the cast on (you will see what I mean)

Step 1: Using your middle finger, press down the working yarn (green arrow).

Step 1: Using your middle finger, press down the working yarn (green arrow).

Step 2: A loop will be made between your first and middle fingers. Insert your needle into the loop from befind towards you.

Step 2: A loop will be made between your first and middle fingers. Insert your needle into the loop from behind towards you.

Step 3: Repease and pull down the working yarn (green arrow).

Step 3: Repease and pull down the working yarn (green arrow).

Use this loop method when you make knit stitch to start the row.

Use this loop method when you make knit stitch to start the row.

Increased stitches on the right side of the work by loop method.

Increased stitches on the right side of the work by loop method.

Check the direction of the loop compare to the twisted loop method (below). The working yarn (on the left) is tucked underneath.

Check the direction of the loop compare to the twisted loop method (below). The working yarn (on the left) is tucked underneath.

2) TWISTED LOOP CAST ON

♥ Use when you are working on purl stitch on the next row.

Step 1: Using your thumb, push down the working yarn (green arrow).

Step 1: Using your thumb, push down the working yarn (green arrow).

Step 2: Swing your thumnb towards you (green arrow). This will make the yarn loop around the thumb. Insert the needle through this loop from below (blue arrow).

Step 2: Swing your thumnb towards you (green arrow). This will make the yarn loop around the thumb. Insert the needle through this loop from below (blue arrow).

Looking from a different angle. The needle is already through the loop.

Looking from a different angle. The needle is already through the loop.

Step 4: Pull the working yarn (green arrow). Note the direction of the twist is different from the loop method.

Step 4: Pull the working yarn (green arrow). Note the direction of the twist is different from the loop method.

twisted loop 5

Note the direction of the loop compared to the standard loop cast on method.

I have made video tutorials for both loop cast on and twisted loop cast on.

Happy knitting! :D

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Responses to “Knitting Tutorials – Simple One-Strand Cast-Ons 1 (Loop & Twisted Loop)”

  1. stephanie

    These are great, Kyoko! Every time I see one of your how-to’s, it makes me want to start on a new project right away! Thanks for always sharing such get stuff.

    • kyoko

      Hi Stephanie!
      Aw, thanks! You made my day ;D
      You have to do more knitting! Right now, I had to frog literally half of the garment (aaggh!) but I managed to get back to the original length… This week will be a knitting week for me :D
      Have a lovely week;)
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Pili

    These tutorials of yours are awesome, Kyoko!
    If I get back to crocheting, I do know where I’ll start looking for tutorials!
    I hope you’re having a great week!

    • kyoko

      Hi Pili!
      Yay!! Do get back to crochet :D so you can make a nice jacket for Cinnamon ;)
      Thank you for your sweet words.
      Have a good week!
      x
      kyoko

  3. Rain

    Oooo nice tutorials!!!

    • kyoko

      Hey Rain!
      Hehe!
      I kept trying to purl after doing the loop cast on and got SOOOO confused. Then I realised that the direction of the loop was the key to the answer (hence twisted loop method). LOL!
      Have a lovely week.
      x
      Kyoko

  4. Tracy

    Your tutorials are always so excellent, Kyoko! I usually to a two-strand cast on most of the time, I like the look and firmness it gives as foundation to continued knitted piece. Happy Knitting my friend… and wishing you & yours a very sweet Valentine Weekend ahead :o) ((BIG HUGS))

    • kyoko

      Hi Tracy,
      Thank you :D
      Two-stranded cast ons are very versatile, aren’t they? I have seen many use cable cast on but I find them too rigid.
      Hope you had a great valentine’s weekend (looks like you did ;) )
      x
      Kyoko

  5. Mary

    Hi Kyoko!

    Great tutorials! I will definately use them in the future when I take on more garment projects.

    I hope to see you soon. Let me know when you like to pop over for some pancakes.

    x

    Mary

    • kyoko

      Hey Mary!
      Oh yes, I am ready for pancakes anytime. :D
      This weekend is a little tricky but let me know when you are free!
      x
      Kyoko

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