Purl Cast On

The Purl Cast On is a variation of the Long Tail Cast On that creates, you guessed it – a purl stitch! Many knitters use this cast on as a way to keep an edge from curling. Alternate this cast on with the standard Long TaiI and you can actually establish your rib pattern in the cast on row. I think this is especially good looking when knitting with a bulky yarn. I love the way this cast on challenges my brain!

4 thoughts on “Purl Cast On

  1. Hi Michelle, I am making a sweater that starts with a cast on for one sleeve and ends with a bind off for the other sleeve. The sleeves have K2P2 ribbing toward the edges. I am supposed to bind off in pattern. I will try alternating long tail with purl for the cast on, but my cast ons are always much tighter than my bind offs. Should I cast on with a larger needle and bind off with a smaller needle? The ribbing calls for size 10 needles.

  2. I’m going to be leading a group of knitters in mitten making, so alternating the purl cast on with the long tail cast on will be very useful. Thank you for the great video demonstrating this technique.

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