German Twisted Cast On

A variation of the long tail cast on which is a bit firmer, yet still elastic. A great choice for socks, sweaters and cuff edges. You will love its clean edge line.

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20 Comments

  1. Wendy
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    whew= that turn the thumb down part went by real fast…I think I’ve got it, but it sure doesn’t look smooth…..maybe it is this yarn? (fraying as I work…seems to help a little to release the free end periodically)

  2. Lisa
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I have tried to learn this previously, without success. Michelle makes it so easy to learn this cast on. Now I am a pro at it.

  3. Tina
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    When you turn the thumb down – are you to have a figure 8? Mine doesn’t have that ‘x’ look when my thumb is down.

  4. Posted November 29, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Yes there is an “X” when you turn your thumb down. Double check your initial hand set up and yarn placement. It should be identical to the Long Tail Cast On.

  5. Tina
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    HMMM….When I turn my thumb down – I don’t have a X. I have the set up correct. And follow through but no X. I have an X before my thumb turns down.

  6. Tina
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Opps…yet the stitch looks correct when completed!

  7. Posted December 6, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    The last step is made by turning your thumb down and then scooping up the thread that is closest to you from front to back. If the stitch looks correct then I wouldn’t worry about the execution. You may have found a new way to work it out!

  8. Tina
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for being patient with me!!!

  9. Judy
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    When you begin to knit the first row, do you knit thru the back loop for the first row?

  10. Posted January 5, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    No. We want to keep those stitches firm and it is the twisted nature of the cast on that help us achieve that.

  11. Wendy
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I’m getting better at this ! Really starting to like it.
    I now have 2 questions.
    Do you start with a “knotted” (firmly anchored) stitch?and
    Any hints for anchoring that last stitch?
    Thanks so much for your great explanations !!!!

  12. Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    I like to begin with a slip knot that is firmly anchored. The last stitch will firm up as you knit along. Any lingering looseness can be tightened with your tail when you weave in. I’m happy to have another German Twisted convert!

  13. sabrina
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Hello! I’ve recently learned how to do the twisted cast on and was wondering which is better for cuffs, ribbing, etc – the long tail or twisted cast on? Which would be more resilient and keep its shape better? thank you!

  14. Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I almost exclusively use the German twisted for ribs and cuffs. The edge is much cleaner and a bit firmer to help the garment stay “put” on the body.

  15. Judy
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Is there a corresponding bind-off that goes well with the German twisted cast-on?

  16. Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    The Standard Bind Off would be the best choice.

  17. Judy
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    thanks, Michelle! If I wanted to do a loose bind-off, would a suspended bind-off work as well as a standard bind-off? P.S. Happy New Year!!!!!

  18. Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    For a loose bind off, I like Grandma’s Favorite Bind Off. Check out my video to learn how to use it.

  19. Linda Wenning
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Hi, thanks for teaching me so many things! Do I use a particular bind off with the German Twisted Cast On? Thank you, L

  20. Posted January 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I like the Standard Bind Off with it.

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