Casting On With a Hook and a Needle
The crochet cast-on method creates a really neat edge that resembles a chain cast-off edge. Because of this, this cast-on method is sometimes known as the cast-off cast-on method.
If you already crochet, then you should find this method fairly straightforward; if you don’t crochet, be brave because this is a really useful cast-on method.
The following explanations and images are for those who knit left-handed, that is, your working hand is your left hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and the stitches move from the right to left needle as you knit. If you knit right-handed, then go to this How to Cast On: the Crochet Cast-on Method (for knitting right-handed).
Casting On, One Chain at a Time
Make a slipknot and place it on the crochet hook; hold the crochet hook in your left hand. Wrap the yarn around your right hand as if to crochet and hold a knitting needle in the same hand. Place the knitting needle over the ball end of the yarn.
Pass your crochet hook over the knitting needle.
Grab the yarn with the hook (move the hook back under the yarn, then forward over it), so the yarn is round the hook.
Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, thus creating a stitch on the knitting needle.
Carry on casting on stitches in this manner until you have one stitch fewer than required. For example, if you want 10 stitches, you need to cast on nine.
Transfer the stitch on the crochet hook to the needle. This is really important; if you don’t do this your cast on edge will unravel!
You now have the correct number of stitches, with a beautiful cast-on edge.
When Should You Use a Crochet Cast-on?
- Edges where you want to add a crochet edging;
- Edges where you want to add a fringe;
- When you want the cast-on and cast-off edges to match.
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You knit right-handed if your right hand is your working hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and you move your stitches from your left-hand needle to your right-hand needle as you knit.
You knit left-handed if your left hand is your working hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and you move your stitches move from your right-hand needle to your left-hand needle as you knit.
You crochet right-handed if your right hand is your working hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and your new stitches are on the left of your old ones.
You crochet left-handed if your left hand is your working hand (regardless of which hand you use to hold the yarn) and your new stitches are on the right of your old ones.