How to do a German Twisted Cast On

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Last Updated: Monday, August 20, 2012

Our very own Jeanne stars in this knitting instructional video demonstrating how to do a german twisted cast on. We hope you enjoy it!

How to do a German Twisted Cast-on:

The German Twisted Cast-on is also known as the Old Norwegian Cast on. It is similar to a Long Tail Cast On except it adds an extra twist to the finished cast on. It is a streatchier cast on so is perfect where you need more elasticity like for the top of socks.

  1. Starting with a slip knot.
  2. Holding the yarn and needle in the right hand, pinch your left forefinger and thumb together and place in between the two strands hanging down from the needle being careful not to twist the strands. Make sure that the tail is closest to you and draped over your thumb.
  3. Grip the working yarn and tail together using the other fingers on your left hand.
  4. Open up your forefinger and thumb and pull the needle down, exactly as if you are doing a long tail cast-on.
  5. Using the tip of the right-hand needle, go under both sides of the loop wrapped around your thumb, hook the far side of the loop over the top with the tip of the needle and pulling it toward you going under the side of the loop nearest you.
  6. Then, with the tip of the needle reach over the top and catch the strand coming from your index finger over the top. You will notice that the loop around your thumb makes sort of a figure 8, pull the strand you've just caught through the top of this figure 8 and drop the entire loop off your thumb.
  7. Repeat until you've reached the number of stitches you need.

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