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Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On

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The Old Norwegian Cast-On method (also known as German Twisted Cast-On) is similar to the common long-tail cast-on method but involves a few extra steps. Knitting this cast-on in an even gauge creates a stretchy edge that resists curling, which is great for knitting socks. However, it also uses more yarn, so make sure you have a very long tail before you begin!

  1. Set up your needle and yarn as for long-tail cast-on: Make a slipknot and slip it over your right-hand needle with the tail end closest to you and the ball end farthest from you. In the photo below, the blue yarn represents the tail end and the pink represents the ball end:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  2. Wrap the tail yarn counterclockwise around your left thumb. Wrap the ball yarn clockwise around your left index finger. Secure the ends of both yarns underneath your other three fingers. This is the set-up for each stitch you make in the Old Norwegian Cast-On method:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  3. Begin the stitch by inserting your needle underneath the loop on your thumb:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  4. Bring the needle up and around the loop, and then insert it down into the center of the loop:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  5. Bring the needle up around the yarn closest to you. This will twist the loop on your thumb and create an X:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  6. Bring the needle over the loop on your thumb and over the left leg of the loop on your index finger:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  7. Wrap the left leg of the loop around your needle clockwise and bring it towards you:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  8. This is the trickiest part! Bring the needle back through the loop on your thumb, but make sure to bring it through the bottom portion of the loop, below the X. You may have to stretch the loop on your thumb and turn your hand a bit in order to see this opening:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  9. Drop the loop off your thumb and let it flop towards the back of your needle:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  10. Pull on the tail yarn to tighten the stitch. Leave it slightly loose for a stretchy edge:

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On
     
  11. Voila! You have made your first Old Norwegian Cast-On stitch! Repeat for the required number of stitches.

    Knitting Tutorial: Old Norwegian Cast On

     

 

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