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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  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.

  21. nancey kemp
    Posted January 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I am trying to do the German Twisted Cast on. I am starting with a slip knot which I learned on wikihow. I can do the slip knot. I am having problems with the German Twist On Cast On.
    1. I sometimes end up with more than 1 cast on stitch although I have only done the procedure once but the video shows only 1 stitch.
    2. I have trouble getting my thumb out after I have turned it down like the video shows.
    3. I sometimes end up with a big loop in between the previous stitches and the new stitch.
    4. I have spent about 3 hours on this and rerun the video many times. It looks easy and is very well explained so I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong??? Can you help?

  22. nancey kemp
    Posted January 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    UPDATE:Yeah, I figured it out, finally.! I needed to pay more attention to the details, even though,I thought I was, I wasn’t! Here’s what helped me.
    1. Make sure the ball end is at the back before you begin.Keep the ball end at the back.
    2. When you begin to do the first stitch ,the tent is upside down with the point of the tent towards you.The needle that holds the stitches is perpendicular.
    3. Make sure you see and X with the yarn on your thumb before you put your needle in to do the stitch.
    4. I did not turn my thumb down because when I did , it kept getting stuck. I just closed my thumb to touch my hand – no space between thumb and hand. Then I picked up the yarn closest to me. Pull yarn on the tail to tighten the stitch.
    I am new to knitting, as you can tell by now. I did not notice details that seasoned knitters would readily pick up. My hand is much smaller than the one shown in the video so that may have been part of the problem. I hope this feedback helps someone as there is nothing wrong with the directions or the video, they are excellent , I just needed a lot more input.

  23. nancey
    Posted January 2, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Hurray, I figured it out by persistance and your video!
    1. For the tent, the pointer finger is on the yarn attached to the ball of yarn.Therefore this finger is under the needle.
    2. Pull the needle perpendicular towards your body to make the X on your thumb. When you make the X on your thumb, the point of the tent is towards your body.
    3. Make the tent ( with the point towards your body) each time before putting the needle under the X on your thumb to start the cast on stitch.
    4. Instead of turning your thumb upside down, I just moved my thumb closer to my hand so there was no space between them. Then I picked up the bottom yarn that was on my thumb.
    Your directions were clear to a seasoned knitter but I found myself confused even though once I understood, I couldn’t believe how accurate your instructions were. I needed the details emphasized more because I really thought I was doing everything right but I wasn’t. Thank you!

  24. Posted January 2, 2015 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    You can be very proud of yourself for mastering this cast on – it’s a tricky one!

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