Learn Judy’s Magic Cast On

Bumps on knitted socks and bags vanish when you learn Judy’s Magic Cast On.

Cast On Bind Off
“Cast On, Bind Off” presents more than 50 ways to cast on and bind off, creating edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, lacier, longer-lasting, prettier or whatever your project needs.
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Knitted Ball
Knitted ball bottom
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Close Up Of Cast On
Close up of Judy’s Magic Cast On
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Profile Of Cast On
Profile of Judy’s Magic Cast On
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Pick Up The Yarns
Pick up the yarns with your left hand in the slingshot position, with the tail over your index finger and the working yarn over your thumb. This twists the yarns and creates a loop on the top needle that counts as the first stitch.
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Rotate The Pair Of Needles
While holding the stitch in place with a finger on your right hand, rotate the pair of needles up and wrap the yarn on your finger around the bottom needle, as if making a yarnover. Gently tighten the loop.
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Hold the Two Needles
Loop the yarn around the top needle, with the tail sandwiched between the top needle and the bottom needle and coming out the back. The tail should have approximately 3/4” for each stitch you are casting on. The working yarn will go over the top needle.
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Tighten The Loop
Rotate the pair of needles downward and wrap the thumb yarn around the top needle as if making a yarnover. Gently tighten the loop.
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Knit the First Row
Turn the needles so that the bottom one is on top and the yarn ends on the right. Drop the tail and bring the working yarn up behind the top needle. Make sure the tail lies under the working yarn, between it and the needle.
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Knit the Next Row
This twists the yarns so you can knit the first stitch. Knit the first row. The first stitch may become a little loose; just pull on the tail to tighten it.
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