Tidying up the first and last stitches

Whether you're working on a circular needle or double-pointed needles, the first and last cast-on stitches rarely make a neat join. To tighten up the connection, you can do one of the following:

i Cast on an extra stitch at the end, transfer it to the LH needle, and make your first stitch a k2tog, working the increased stitch with the first stitch on the LH needle.

1 Before working the first stitch, wrap the yarn around the first and last cast-on stitches as follows:

  1. Transfer the first stitch on the LH needle to the RH needle.
  2. Take the ball yarn from front to back between the needles, and transfer the first 2 stitches on the RH needle to the LH needle.
  3. Bring the yarn forward between the needles, and transfer the first stitch on the LH needle back to the RH needle.
  4. Take the yarn to the back between the stitches, and give a little tug on the yarn.

You're ready to knit the first stitch.

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