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Emily Explains: How-To Cast on More Stitches in Your Knitting


The other day, Ashley started knitting her very own Barrison Bear for our new knit-along. After knitting the legs the separately, the pattern tells you to join the two pieces, casting on one stitch in the middle.

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That’s when Ashley stopped and said, “I’m never sure if I’m doing this correctly, what’s the best way to cast on in the middle of your knitting?”

The pattern itself does not specify and there are a few ways to do it. Here are two that work well:

the knitted cast on…

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 the cable cast on (the stronger of the two)…

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Cirilia demonstrates both techniques in this how-to video:

Later, in the body section, the pattern asks you to cast on stitches at the end of a row.

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Really, it’s another way of saying cast your stitches on before you knit the next row. So just turn your project around, cast on and knit.

Hope this helps with your Barrison or whatever project you’re working on!

Happy Knitting,


12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on Knit It Up and commented:
    Helpful. I usually do the thumb cast on and don’t particularly care for it.

    January 21, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Give these two techniques a try, they are easy and the fabric comes out nicely!

      January 21, 2014
      • CJ #

        thanks for sharing this,i am going to try both!!

        January 26, 2014
  2. interesting – I’ve always done the backward loop, but I like this:)

    January 21, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Great! Happy Knitting

      January 21, 2014
  3. Laura from beautiful West Michigan #

    I just wanted to tell you that I so appreciate your little tutorials on basic things. I consider myself an intermediate skill level knitter but I learn so much from your tutorials. That’s one thing I love about knitting, you can always learn something new, even about things you thought you knew a lot!

    January 21, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Thank you so much! That really means a lot. I love knitting and textile arts for that reason too!

      January 21, 2014
  4. thank you! Can’t wait to try this!

    January 21, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Yay! Great I am so happy this helped!

      January 21, 2014
  5. diana #

    Can’t thank you enough! This was so very helpful!

    January 22, 2014
  6. Claudia #

    This video was so easy to learn from – I’m anxious to try this. I’ve always used the backwards cast on when I make buttonholes. This would be so much nicer.

    January 28, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Definitely give it a try! Let us know how it goes. Thanks for watching!

      January 28, 2014

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