Crossed Yarn-Over Long Tail Cast On

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Figure 1: A unique knitting cast-on that requires more yarn than a standard long-tail cast-on, but will create a looped, very stretchy cast-on edge. The design shown is the hem of the Vintage Child: Accordion Skirt pattern, a girl’s skirt in sizes 1 – 6.

In Figure 1 above, the cast-on loops were not blocked {probably the preferred look for most people – pinning 224+ loops isn’t for everyone! – and personally I prefer the look of the unblocked edge but thought I would show you the possibilities!}


Figure 2

In Figure 2 the loops have been blocked open {pinned individually}.


Here’s How It’s Done:
This cast-on results in twice the number of “stitches” minus 1 {because the first cast-on stitch a single stitch}.

For example, if you cast on 70 stitches, your needle will have 70 stitches and 69 yarn-over’s  for a total of 139 loops. In the first round/row of knitting, you will work each cast-on stitch and drop each yarn-over leaving you with the 70 stitches your pattern requires. The dropped yarn-over’s create the slightly looped, very elastic edge.

To Begin: First cast on stitch is a regular long tail cast-on stitch i.e. either a slip knot or twisted loop, whichever you prefer.

All subsequent stitches should be cast on as follows:

Step 1.
a. place the yarn in the usual “butterfly” or “sling-shot” formation:~ tail yarn extends from the needle, behind the thumb, around to the front of the thumb and into the palm where it is held by the middle, ring and little fingers~ ball yarn extends to the index finger, wraps behind the index finger and returns between the index and middle fingers and is then held along with the tail yarn in the palm of the handb. lay the Right needle over top of yarn coming from the back of the thumbc. use the needle to push down on that yarn so that it crosses over yarn coming across the front of the thumb, forming an X   {see picture in Step 2}
Step 2.


~ push the Right needle into thumb loop from bottom

Step 3.

~ catch yarn from index finger clockwise and bring it through the thumb loop, dropping thumb loop and tightening stitch
Repeat Steps 1 – 3 as many times as required.
The Result:

Crossed_LTCO Stitches

Each cast-on stitch will consist of a cast-on loop {left-most loop on the needle in the picture} and a corresponding yarn-over {the second from the left loop which slants from top-left to bottom-right on the needle}.The yarn-over wants to creep and “take over” the previous stitch, so care has to be taken when knitting the first round that these are kept separate and each one knitted in turn.


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