Casting off

Casting off is the method used after you have completed your knitting to secure the stitches so they do not unravel. It is important that the cast-off edge is neither too tight nor too loose, and that it is elastic. This is particularly important when casting off on a neckband so that it can be pulled easily over the head. Casting off is also used to make

1 Knit two stitches. Then insert the left-hand needle into the first stitch knitted on the right-hand needle and lift this stitch over the second stitch and off the right-hand needle.

2 One stitch is now on the nght-hand needle. Knit the next stitch. Repeat the first step until all the stitches have been cast off. Then pull the yam through the last stitch to fasten off.

most types of buttonholes and when more than one stitch needs to be decreased at once. Unless otherwise stated, cast off in the stitch pattern being used at that point, such as knitwise over a knit stitch and purlwise over a purl stitch.

purl cast off

1 Purl two stitches. Insert the left-hand needle into the back of the first stitch worked on the right-hand needle and lift this stitch over the second stitch and off the right-hand needle.

2 One stitch is now on the right-hand needle. Purl the next stitch. Repeat the first step until all the stitches have been cast off. Then pull the yarn through the last stitch to fasten off.

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