How to Backwards Loop Cast-On

I use this cast-on for the body, underarms, and front neck. There are other, more involved, methods but I have found this simple cast-on to be the neatest. See the section "Instructions for Underarm" below if you are working this cast-on at underarm.

Instructions

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Set-up

Hold yarn wrapped over left thumb.

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Step 1

Come in front of the thumb and up under yarn.

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Step 2

Release thumb and pull yarn to form stitch.

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Step 3

Reposition thumb and yarn and repeat.

Instructions for Underarm

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Step 1

When using Backward-Loop CO, the join between cast-on and existing stitches is always loose. To remedy this for underarm cast-ons, I cast on 2 fewer stitches than called for.

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Step 2

In the next row/round, I work a M1R at each end to take up slack. This is written into the patterns.

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Step 3

To work M1R, scoop the slack yarn up from behind with your left needle.

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Step 4

Now knit (or purl if on a WS row) into the front of this strand. One extra stitch is created and slack is eliminated.

Comments

DEVY MISSNER

I love this tutorial setup! Video and printable instruction. The method to close gap caused by BLCO is just so on point!


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