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How to Knit the Twisted Loop Cast On

The twisted loop cast on is an easy stretchy cast on that's easy to master!

Updated March 28, 2019

The twisted loop cast on is a great example of a stretchy cast on that's not too stretchy. The subtle twist in this cast on makes it great for things like top-down socks or even a neckline -- anything that requires a little bit of flexibility and durability in the edge.

I'll be honest, as I was learning this one, I thought that it was just too weird to really be worth it. However, after I worked it a few times and got into a good rhythm with it, I was able to cast on really quickly. I think if I committed to this cast on, it could easily become a personal favorite.

If you're the type of knitter who has tried the knit on cast on and the longtail cast on and just can't quite get the hang of them, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. It's a good alternative that's straightforward, and it works with just about any type of project!

Step 1

Start by making a slip knot.

Step 2

With the needle in your left hand, grab your working yarn with your lower three fingers of your right hand.

Step 3

Bring your thumb over the top of the working yarn and bring it under, looping the yarn around your thumb.

Step 4

Next, you will bring the yarn over your index finger. Your fingers should now look like this:

Step 5

Turn your index finger so it is pointing away from you, creating a sort of cross with the yarn.

Step 6

Bend your index finger and bring it under the cross of the yarn.

Step 7

Slip the loop from your finger to the needle and tighten.

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