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

Cocoknits

Hi Cath, The +4 represents the number of stitches beyond the yellow marker that you will work for the short row that shapes the neckline. So on row 19, after you slip the yellow marker, you will knit the 2 stitches that have been outside the yellow marker since you started the yoke, and two stitches from the BLCO you did that joined the right front (yellow marker) to the left front (red marker) at the end of row 17. Hope that helps! Please email knit@cocoknits.com if you have more questions. Enjoy your Molly!


Cath

Working on my 1st Cocoknits sweater, Molly. At row 19, how do i do the +4 between violet and yellow markers? I only have 2 sts there, because of 28 sts backward-loop cast on.


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