A step-by-step tutorial showing you how to cast-on knitting with a crochet hook the easy way
Are you looking for a moderately stretchy and extremely decorative edge to begin your knitting? One that is very easy to knit and very versatile on top of that? Then look no further. The crochet cast-on ticks off all these checkboxes and more!
And worry not! While you definitely have to cast on with a crochet hook, I’m almost 100 percent sure any knitter can do it. It’s just that simple.
So, let’s dive right into it and show you how to knit the crochet cast-on!
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- Start with a simple slip knot any way you like and slip it to your crochet hook.
- Place your knitting needle in between the working yarn and your crochet hook. Use your thumb and index finger to keep things in place.
- Grab the working yarn coming in from below.
- Twist the hook so it faces downwards and pull the yarn through
- Use the fingers of your right hand to bring the working yarn to the back again.
- Repeat steps 3-5 until you cast on the required number (minus one).
- Then, slip the last loop on your crochet hook back to the knitting needle and start knitting across.
#1 Alternative way to knit the crochet cast-on
I want you to know that you can achieve the very same edge using a slightly different technique as well. While I personally prefer the first method, I know for a fact that others find this second technique a bit easier. You only have to adjust things slightly.
Step 1: Start with your knitting needle in between crochet hook and working yarn (just like before).
Step 2: Now, wrap the working yarn across the crochet hook and around the knitting needle once. It should end up in the back (just like before).
Step 3: Pull the working yarn (the part that is wrapped around the crochet hook) downwards and through the loop on your crochet hook.
Repeat these three steps over and over again for the exact same result. Basically, it boils down to whether you want to move the yarn to the back before or after crocheting that stitch.
It’s very important to realize that the crochet cast-on is just a glorified chain stitch. The only difference is that you do it a bit looser and around the knitting needle. But you can also do it separately.
Step 1: (Starting with a slip knot), crochet a chain stitch with as many stitches as you want to cast on.
Step 2: Pick up the ridges on the back of the chain stitch one at a time coming in from the front.
Again, it will be the exact same result. Just a different way to get there.
Provisional cast-on with a crochet hook
There is yet more to explore for you. I told you that the crochet cast-on is super versatile. Well, you can also use it to create a provisional cast-on. It will be the EXACT same technique. The only difference is that you do it with some scrap yarn and then knit across the first row with your proper yarn. Typically you start and end with 3 chain stitches to make it a bit easier to unravel later on (though you don’t have to).
And there is one last thing I want you to know. If you pair this cast-on with a crochet bind-off, you will end up with perfectly matching edges. So, that’s definitely something to consider for your next project.
I often feel that it’s those little details that make all the difference – especially as it’s not particularly hard to do. In fact, I would say that any beginner can do this. All it takes is someone to point you in the right direction. Also, it’s a healthy reminder that thinking in terms of knitting vs crochet probably won’t get you very far. The two crafts are best when you combine them!