simple cast on

What is a simple cast on?

I am doing my first button hole. Row had 14 stitches. I bound off the middle 2, leaving 12 stitches, 6 on each side. the instructions for the next row say
"Knit 6 stitches, cast on 2 stitches using the simple cast on method, knit 6 stitches;"

What do they mean be "cast on 2 stitches using the simple cast on method"?
Is that just take the stitch I just knit (last of the first set of 6), put it back on the left needle and knit it again? And then do that one more time?

Also, why would the row after that say
"Knit 6 stitches, knit the next 2 stitches through the back loops (to twist them) then knit remaining 6 stitches"
Any idea what the point of knitting those 2 stitches now through the back to twist them would be?


ronhuber's picture

I am sure they mean to cast on two stitches by putting a backward loop over the right needle. Do this firmly. When you come to those on the way back they will look and act differently to the other stitches so knit into the back of them and that will firm them up even more.

MMario's picture

Based on the instructions I think I know what they are using.

the "backwards E" cast on,

The reason they have you knit the two stitche through the back is to tighten them up as the backwards-e cast on is notoriously loose.

I would knit on the additional stitches as you thought and ignore the twisted stitches in the next row.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

knit_knot_eat's picture

so doing it the way I thought is just as good as this "backward e" method and I won't need to worry about the twisting and knitting through the back on the next row?

MMario's picture


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jwhassjr's picture

I think either method would work, but depending on the size of your buttons, you may want the elasticity of the backward loop. I prefer to use backward loop because I like the appearance of it, but there's no technical reason to choose one type of cast on over the other really. Go with what you like.