Trying the Crochet Cast On

I’m the kind of person that loves the idea of learning new skills, but also gives up quite easily.
When I learnt to knit a few months ago, I went full force and the novelty wore off pretty quickly.. but I’m determined to stick at it and (however slowly) get better at it.

I had also dipped my toes into the world of crochet, which was fun. I really like the flow of crochet.

In one of my long Pinterest scrolling sessions, I found a video by Sewrella on the crochet cast on and thought I’d give it a go – best of both worlds and it seemed beginner friendly.

Crochet cast on pinterest

Here’s how it went:

Step 1

Take a knitting needle and a crochet hook in the same size (I used 5.5mm).
Make a slipknot around the crochet hook.
Ensure you have the knitting needle on the left, crochet hook on the right.

starting the crochet cast on with a knitting needle and crochet hook

Step 2

Wrap the yarn anti-clockwise around both the needle and hook.

second step of the crochet cast on

Step 3

Hook the top loop through the bottom loop.

crochet cast on yarn through loop
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one crochet stitch successfully cast on

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have just 1 more to do (i.e: if you want to cast on 53 stitches, do 52).
For the final cast on, instead of wrapping the yarn, just stretch the loop out and hook it onto the knitting needle.

final crochet cast on loop
completed crochet cast on before hook release

How it looks

partially completed row of crochet cast on
several knitted rows with the crochet cast on

The Verdict

I really liked the finished result!

Being a beginner knitter, I’ve only tried 4 or 5 different cast on methods.
I kept reading that the long tail method was the best and would consistently produce a neat finish, but lord is that method fickle! My tension is inconsistent, so more often than not I either don’t have a long enough tail or it’s miles too long.

I find the crochet cast on gives a neat finish and I’m keen to see how it works with different projects. It’s so simple!

It’s super beginner-friendly, as tension doesn’t matter so much. In fact, I found that the tighter you wrap your yarn around the needle & hook, the better the result. Wrapping tight doesn’t make knitting the first row a mission either – your needle still slides easily into the loops.

Have you tried the crochet cast on method before? Will you? What do you think?

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