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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
knit swatch on a fur blanket
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