K1, P1 Long Tail Cast-on Method

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In this video I’m going to show you how to cast-on in the K1, P1 pattern using the long tail cast-on method.

I honestly don’t know if this method has a name. It’s something I came up with, but knitting has been around for thousands of years, so it’s likely that it’s been done before.

When should I use this CO method?

I use this CO method when knitting a rib or seed stitch.

For this swatch:

I’m going to knit using the seed stitch and create a nice smooth edge. This is a super simple technique that will take your knitting to the next level.


CO in an odd number of STS
1st Row {set-up row}: WYIF S1PW *K1TBL, P1* WYIF S1PW

All other rows: K1TBL *K1, P1* WYIF S1PW

BO in pattern



– * – repeat between * to end of round
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
K1TBL – knit 1 stitch through the back loop
P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
STS – stitches
WYIF – with yarn in front

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