Chain cast on tutorial + bind off

Cast On, Bind OffWe know that the beauty of knitting is in the details—and that many of you love to get creative with the details in your projects. That’s why we’re so excited about what’s become one of our most popular titles: Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease. This robust reference guide includes over 200 ways to cast on and bind off in knitting, from traditional to decorative to functional. Even if your arsenal of knitting stitches is vast, this step-by-step guide will introduce you to all-new stitches for adding the perfect finishing (and beginning!) touches to scarves, socks, and more.

You’ll find cast-on knitting methods like loop cast ons, long-tail cast ons, decorative and tubular cast ons, and more—plus techniques for binding off in knitting like chain bind offs, sewn bind offs, and special bind offs. Take a peek at the table of contents below for more of the techniques included in the book—and read on for an excerpt with instructions for one cast on and one bind off!

Cast On Bind Off Table of Contents


Chain Cast On
Also called Chain-Edge Cast On, Chained Cast On, Bind-Off Cast On, Japanese Cast On, Cast-Off Cast On

This cast on creates an elastic edge with chained loops along the front. It resembles the standard bind-off edge and can be used with it when you want the cast-on and bound-off edges to look the same. You will need a crochet hook as well as a needle. The size of the hook is not too important, as the needle will determine the size of the stitches.

Chain Cast On tutorial

1. Make a loose slipknot about 5″ from the end of the yarn and place it on the crochet hook. Hold the hook in your right hand and the needle in your left hand. Loop the working strand over the left index finger. *With the crochet hook above the needle and the working yarn below it, swing the hook from the left behind the strand on the index finger, catch the yarn, and pull the loop over the needle and through the slipknot.

Make a loose slip knot

2. Bring the working yarn to the back under the needle.

Bring the working yarn to the back

3. Repeat from * until there is one less stitch than required. Slip the remaining loop from the hook to the needle.

Slip the remaining loop


Yarn-Over Bind Off
Also called Modified Standard Bind Off

This bind off creates a decorative, open edge that is quite stretchy. The edge flares slightly, making it a good option for lace, ruffles, or sock cuffs. Once you learn this bind off, you can make the edge fit any scalloped or wavy pattern by varying the number and frequency of the yarn overs. Place more where the edge curves and fewer where the edge is straighter. Make a swatch to determine the best number and placement for a given pattern.

Yarn-Over Bind Off

1. K1, bring the yarn to the front to make a yarn over, K1.

Make a yarn over

2. With the left needle, lift the yarn over (middle stitch) over the left stitch and off the needle, then lift the right stitch over the left stitch and off the needle.

Lift the yarn over

3. Bring the yarn to the front to make a yarn over, K1. Repeat steps 2 and 3.


Yarn-Over Bind Off Variation
Also called Modified Standard Bind Off

1. K2, with the left needle lift the right stitch on the right needle over the left stitch and off the needle.

2. Bring the yarn to the front to make a yarn over and K1.

Make a yarn over

3. Insert the left needle into both the yarn over and the right stitch on the right needle and lift them together over the left stitch and off the needle.

Lift the yarn over and right stitch


If you’re itching to try all 211 cast ons and bind offs, you can purchase Cast On, Bind Off right now at ShopMartingale.com—and remember, when you purchase the book, you get the eBook version for free right away. No need to wait to start stitching.

How many different types of cast ons and bind offs do you know? Do you want to learn more? Tell us in the comments!

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