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How To Cast Off

How To Cast Off

Expert knitter Rachel Ong shows you how to link your last row of stitches to make a neat edge that won't unravel when knitting, also known as casting off.

You Will Need

  • A large pair of knitting needles
  • A large weight pure wool yarn.
  • A pair of scissors

Step 1: Casting Off

Knit the first two stitches from the left needle onto the right needle, then push the tip of the left needle into the first stitch that you made on the right needle.

Step 2: Drop Off Stitches

Lift the first stitch over the second stitch and drop it off the right needle, then
knit another stitch from the left needle and do the same again. Continue in the same way until there are no stitches on the left needle and just one stitch on the right needle.

Step 3: Cut The Yarn

Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch end. With your fingers, gently pull on the last stitch to make it a little bit bigger, then take the needle out and pull the end of the yarn all the way through the loop, take the needle out and pull the yarn tight.

Step 4: Casting Off With A Crochet Hook

First, hold the needle in your left hand and pick up the crochet hook with your right hand. Slip the first stitch onto the hook, then insert the hook into the next stitch, catch the yarn, and pull it through both stitches.

Step 5: Pull The Loop Off The Needle

Pull the last loop off the needle. Repeat to the last stitch.

Step 6: Cut The Yarn

Cut the yarn with some scissors, then catch the yarn end and pull it through the last loop.