Whirlwind Tour

In anticipation of preparing a hat pattern for Ravelympics, I’ve decided today’s tour will be of the Cast-on that I intend to use for the hat. I call it the Whirlwind Cast-on but more people know it as the “Figure of 8 Cast-on”

1. Holding your needles in your left hand, capture the yarn in the gap between the needles - yarn-end is facing you and working yarn is trailing towards the back.

2. First take the working yarn around the top needle and back through the gap between the needles - one stitch made on top needle

3. Next, take the working yarn around the bottom needle and back again through the gap - new stitch made on bottom needle

  • Repeat these last two steps until you have 10 or 12 more stitches (either 5 or 6 on each needles). You cast-on at least four more than the total number you need, because the first few stitches you cast-on tend to be sloppy & hard to work; so we’ll avoid them.
  • Notice how the last stitch you cast-on is onto the bottom needle and the working yarn is tugged upward at the back to keep tension on the stitch.

  • If you’re working with Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs) pick up a third needle and…
  • If you’re using two Circular Needles, pull the bottom needle along until the lower stitches are sitting on the cable. Then use the other end of the top needle and…
  • If you are using one circular needle with the magic loop method, pull the bottom needle along until the lower stitches are sitting on the cable. Then use the other end of the needle and…
  • ...kint the first 3 or 4 stitches on the top needle.

    • Allow the last few stitches to drop off this needle, then rearrange the needles so that the unworked cast-on stitches are ready for action.
    • Knit the next three or four stitches (depending on whether you want 6 or 8 stitches in the round to start of)

    Hey Presto! You've finished the Cast-on and are ready for Round 1

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    4 Responses to “Whirlwind Tour”

    1. deirdre Says:

      That’s a good and straightforward illustration of the technique, I’ve only done it once and what you have above reassures me that I got it right!

    2. Clarabel Says:

      great for socks – toe up – too.

      Love the yarn and the pictures, easy to follow!


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