Used when knitting in the round, this cast-on method features in our exclusive Miffy pattern and creates an invisible edge
This cast-on method is ideal for tubular bags, top-down hats or teacosies, or knitting flat circles. Designer Jane Burns used this technique to create a professional finish on her brilliant Miffy doll pattern. It’s similar to the idea of a magic ring in crochet and you can tighten the ring to close the starting hole completely. Here’s how you do it!
Make a loop with the working yarn in front and going to the left, and the tail going behind and going to the right
Tension loop with thumb and middle finger of left hand and hold the tail securely in place with your right hand
Tensioning the working yarn with your left index finger, insert needle through loop, wrap the yarn around the needle from front to back and pull through loop
Without inserting needle through loop, wrap working yarn around needle from front to back
Using right index finger to hold loops in place, repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the correct number of stitches have been cast on
Transfer your stitches on to double-pointed needles, join in the round and start knitting. When you’re ready, pull the yarn tail to close the centre hole