Castina off

This is the term used to describe securing the stitches at the top of your knitted fabric. It is important that the cast-off edge is elastic, like the rest of your knitting. If you find that your cast-off is too tight, try using a larger needle. You can cast off knitwise, purlwise, or in a combination of stitches, such as rib - the method described below is for casting off knitwise.

IKnit the first two stitches as if working a normal knit row. Using the point of the left-hand needle, lift the first stitch over the second stitch and then drop it off the needle. Knit the next stitch and again use the needle point to lift the first stitch over the second stitch. Continue to do this until only one stitch remains on the right-hand needle.

2 Cut the yarn at least 20 cm (8 in) from the stitch, thread the end through the stitch and then slip it off the needle. Draw up the yarn firmly to fasten off.

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