Casting off

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Casting off


Casting off your knitting

Casting off is done at the end of the knitting. This secures the stitches so your beautiful knitting is safe and will not unravel. 

It’s very important to cast off very loosely. The stitches should be bigger than usual. If you cast off too tightly, the edge of your knitting may not stretch enough or may look narrower than the rest of your knitting. Not pretty.

  • Start with a new row, so your right hand needle is empty and your left hand needle holds the knitting. 
  • Knit the first two stitches, only extra loose. So pull a bit more yarn through when making the stitch. Give it some slack.
  • Using the left hand knitting needle, lift the first stitch (the one on the right) over the second stitch.
  • Drop the first stitch from your left hand knitting needle. 



  • There’s now only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle. Knit the next stitch on your left hand needle. There are 2 stitches on your right hand needle again.  
  • Again lift the right stitch on the right hand needle over the left stitch, and drop it off the left hand knitting needle. 
  • Repeat until you have cast off all stitches but one and there’s only 1 stitch left on your right hand knitting needle.
  • Cut off the yarn at a suitable length. When you only need to weave in the ends, 10 cm usually suffices. When you want to use the yarn for sewing/darning, leave a thread at least twice as long as the part that needs sewing/darning.
  • Pull this thread through the last stitch. Drop the last stitch from your knitting needle and gently pull tight. 
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