The type of cast on you use can actually make a huge difference to a project, so the first thing to think about is how stretchy or rigid your cast on needs to be. For example, you might want one with a lot of give for a lace shawl but need something more robust for a cushion cover.
We thought we would show you what four of the most popular cast ons look like.
Thumb Cast On
This is the easiest cast on and particularly useful for anyone learning to knit. The edge can be a little uneven if you aren’t careful and has quite a bit of give, making it a good choice for lace. It’s also a good technique if you have to cast on stitches in the middle of a pattern.
Knitted Cast On
This technique is also nice and easy, producing a nice even edge as you can see that works well for garments such as Satin Ash in our Botanics Collection.
Cable Cast On
This produces a really lovely edging that looks a bit like a cable, hence the name. You may find this cast on recommended for lace projects although some knitters find it a little rigid for that.
Long Tail Cast On
This method takes a little bit of mastering but, once you get the hang of it, it really is the best cast on for ribs on garments, socks and hats. What is tricky to work out is how long to make your tail – you will find lots of theories on the internet.
So next time you cast on a new project remember to take a little time to consider which method would be best for your knitting.