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cast on bind off cap seaseHow many different cast ons and bind offs do you regularly use? If you’re like me, not very many. There are probably three or four cast ons I ever use, and I almost always use the standard bind off or grafting to get my stitches off the needle.

But there are many, many, many more ways to go about starting and stopping our knitting than most of us know. Cap Sease knows. She’s collected more than 200 different ways to cast on and bind off in her appropriately titled book Cast On, Bind Off (link to my review at About).

I found this book much more inspiring than I thought I would; I really want to try some of these different methods and see if I like them better than the more traditional ones I use.

Want to win a copy? Let me know your favorite cast on or bind off method in the comments below by the end of the day next Sunday (Sept. 23). I’ll pick a winner at random on Monday. Good luck!

By Sarah White

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126 Comments so far

  1. Carlene Greene on September 17, 2012 3:34 pm

    The only cast-on method I can ever remember is the long tail. Anything else I have to look up.

  2. Nicole on September 17, 2012 3:53 pm

    I only know one way and I don’t even know what that way is called! Guess I really need this book!

  3. Laura Doty on September 17, 2012 4:09 pm

    I agree with Nicole, I must really need the book also because I just do a standard cast on, and if I want to get really tricky with my bind off I’ll do it with purl stitches instead of knit stitches (groundbreaking, I know). I would love to learn to mix it up more!

  4. Jennifer Grubler on September 17, 2012 4:34 pm

    I mostly use long-tail and am forever having to google other methods because I can’t remember how to do them.

  5. Caitlyn on September 17, 2012 4:42 pm

    I like the long tail cast on best – it’s versatile!

  6. Sheila on September 17, 2012 4:56 pm

    I love Judy’s magic cast on for socks. Otherwise the long tail is my go to cast on.

  7. Maureen on September 17, 2012 5:05 pm

    The favorite cast on is the long tail. I know that it takes a lot of yarn but it still is my favorite.

  8. Marianna on September 17, 2012 5:21 pm

    Long tail cast on is my default

  9. Connie Kline on September 17, 2012 5:32 pm

    My favorite cast on is the long tail cast on because it is the only one I know how to do. Can you tell I really need this book?

  10. Brenda on September 17, 2012 5:38 pm

    I usually do the long tail and I like to do crochet when I want my project to look different, but would be great to learn new ways, thanks

  11. Vivianne on September 17, 2012 5:47 pm

    German twisted is my favorite because of the stretch it gives.

  12. Sophie on September 17, 2012 6:22 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful book! I was talking about ways to cast on and cast off with a friend of mine this afternoon… I’d love to get a hand on that book!

    I only know 3 ways to cast on and 2 to bind off, so I’d love to learn more! I like long-tail cast on, but usually go with cable cast on… though I’m sure I can do better!

  13. Ms Barbara on September 17, 2012 7:02 pm

    I usually use long-tail or knitted CO. I love the Russian BO.

  14. Juli on September 17, 2012 8:09 pm

    I usually use the long-tail cast on. I basically only know the standard cast off and would love to learn more.

  15. Vanessa M on September 17, 2012 9:44 pm

    I only know how to long tail cast, and knit CO. I’m still learning, this book would be great!

  16. tammy on September 17, 2012 10:13 pm

    My favorite cast on is the long-tail, just because I don’t have to think too much about it while doing it.

  17. Cheryl on September 17, 2012 11:11 pm

    I usually use the cast on called the cable cast on.

  18. Luciana on September 17, 2012 11:15 pm

    Let’s see. I love the cable cast on and the incredibly stretch bind off. I know a couple of other techniques too. I think I learned them from Knitty.

  19. Liz on September 17, 2012 11:46 pm

    Like so many others I only use 2 cast on methods and 2 cast off – I would like to learn more.

  20. MelodyJ on September 18, 2012 12:15 am

    I like the Cable Cast On because it’s the first one I learned.

  21. LauraLS on September 18, 2012 12:19 am

    Count me in. I only learned one standard cast on, and since I am about to start taking an online course I could use the book!

  22. Laura on September 18, 2012 1:18 am

    I haven’t been knitting very long and I only know a couple cast ons. I mostly use long tail, but would love to learn more so I can use what would work/look best for each project.

  23. lyn lewis on September 18, 2012 2:05 am

    There are THAT many cast ons?
    I’m amazed and obviously have alot to learn lol
    I only know and use 2 methods so must expand my repertoire pretty quick smart!!

  24. Moira C on September 18, 2012 2:34 am

    Wish I knew more cast ons and cast offs, than I do, Most of the time it is usually just the plain old English cast on. would love to learn some different ones. Moira C.

  25. Tania on September 18, 2012 2:39 am

    Until very recently, the only caston I used was long tail. Ive learnt the twisted german which is pretty similar to long tail, but stretchier. Indeed to find some new cast offs, and would love the book.

  26. Robin D on September 18, 2012 2:39 am

    I use two cast ons the long tail and the cable

  27. Ofelia on September 18, 2012 2:40 am

    I only use the method I learned from my beloved grandma, and I don’t know its name.
    I would like to learn more and more! :)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  28. Gloria on September 18, 2012 2:41 am

    I didn’t even know, until now, that cast ons/offs have names. I REALLY need this book. I just do it the way my mom taught me too many, many years ago.

  29. Gramma LaDow on September 18, 2012 3:42 am

    My gramma taught me how to knit. I have always used the same cast on. I have no idea what it would be called. I’m sure she wouldn’t know either. I’m 70 years old and now my grandchildren are asking me to teach them. I think I really need that book to do a good job.

  30. Wendy B on September 18, 2012 4:08 am

    Been doing the long tail cast on…just learned cable cast on and love that you don’t run out of tail! Haven’t mastered and other bind offs yet…but hoping to check this book out.

  31. Jami on September 18, 2012 4:10 am

    I use a long tail cast on, with and without the slip knot.

  32. Camilla Fisher on September 18, 2012 4:17 am

    I don’t think I can honestly call myself a knitter now as I only know one way to cast on and one way to cast off! Maybe I’ll just sit in the corner and dribble…

  33. Kristin on September 18, 2012 4:27 am

    Me too – only know one way and no name. I need this book!

  34. Margie on September 18, 2012 4:35 am

    The cast-on I use most often is the German twisted cast-on, however, I feel I am constantly searching for the best/most appropriate cast-on and bind-off for my knit projects. This book would be a great resource!

  35. Roseanna on September 18, 2012 4:54 am

    It is “long-tail” for me, most of the time. I did just learn the “picot” cast on, but I have to watch the video– to remember it!

  36. Sue H on September 18, 2012 5:18 am

    I usually use the “long-tail” method BUT I’ve yet to figure out the magic that lets me have just enough left over. I’m always too long or too short. I need help!

  37. Dawn Hull on September 18, 2012 5:30 am

    Didn’t know there was more than one way to cast on, so obviously I have no idea what to call it :)

  38. Julie on September 18, 2012 5:33 am

    Depending on the project I’m working on I’ll either use the long tail or twisted German cast on. If I need a firm cast off I just use the standard knit 2 pass one over, or for socks or baby sweater necks I’ll use Jenny’s super-stretchy bind off.

    I’m self-taught, so I know there is more out there. I can only watch youTube for so long….

  39. Sara on September 18, 2012 5:38 am

    You mean there’s another way to bind off?! LOL I use the long tail cast on, and I don’t even know what the bind off I was taught is called. :)

  40. Jessie on September 18, 2012 5:48 am

    Long tail is by far my favorite cast on. Jeny’s incredibly stretchy bind off is my go to bind off. I would love to learn a few more.

  41. cguard(on rav) on September 18, 2012 5:54 am

    The longtail is my favorite cast on also the only one I know. I didn’t even know you could bind off by any other method!

  42. Margay on September 18, 2012 5:54 am

    I really like the knitted cast on, but I’m always looking for something new to try. And I really like the sewn bind off.

  43. Barb on September 18, 2012 6:00 am

    Long tail or cable seem to be the ones I use.

  44. Frances on September 18, 2012 6:11 am

    I use the long tail cast one and usually bind off in a slip one, psso. If there is not a specific instruction otherwise-those are my go to. I think because I learned those and not really any others over the years!

  45. Claire C on September 18, 2012 6:19 am

    I only know two ways to cast on and they are 1) knitting between each stitch and pulling the wool through (I don’t know what you call this) and 2) the thumb method I think this one gives the neater edge but the times I don’t leave myself enough wool to knit with is so annoying, which then means start again. And I only know one way to finish off with.
    I really would love to learn some more ways so would love to win this book.

  46. Amy* on September 18, 2012 6:33 am

    I love the Super Stretchy bind off and use it on nearly everything! Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Tina S on September 18, 2012 6:40 am

    My favorite cast on is the knitted cast on but I always have to look it up. I can only remember how to do the long tail! And I didn’t know there was more than one way to bind off. I don’t know what the one I use is called….maybe the knitted bind off? That’s a total guess! I’d love to have this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. Sarah on September 18, 2012 6:47 am

    I always use the same cast on. It took so long to get that right I never tried a new method. Could be fun for fall knitting

  49. pam on September 18, 2012 6:50 am

    I usually use the two needle cast on or long tail…. so new inspiration would be great! :)

  50. Liz Dowdy on September 18, 2012 7:14 am

    I put this book on my wish list yesterday. Does this mean I will be getting my wish? Hopefully.

  51. Ellen on September 18, 2012 7:17 am

    I only know one cast on, the long tail!

  52. Cindy Sasaki on September 18, 2012 7:17 am

    i usually use long tail cast on unless a pattern specifically calls for something else – it’s what i was taught as a child. thanks for the chance!

  53. Craftylady on September 18, 2012 7:20 am

    I don’t know a lot of cast on and cast off methods. I usually do the long tail, or whatever it calls for in the pattern. I would love to have this book. I would be able to finish my sweaters and things more professionally.

  54. Teresa Novak on September 18, 2012 7:25 am

    Knitted or long tail. I never knew there were any other choices. I’d love to see this book.

  55. Kymberly on September 18, 2012 7:29 am

    I usually just do the long tail cast on. Occassionally I use a knit cast on when my tail ends up being too short. I didn’t know that I had options for casting off so I really need this book.

  56. Miriam on September 18, 2012 7:35 am

    I do the long tail but would dearly love to learn some of the newer ones. They would give a nicer finished look to the item.

  57. missy k on September 18, 2012 7:42 am

    long tail cast on is a classic. what a great giveaway.

  58. Meari on September 18, 2012 7:49 am

    I really didn’t know there was more than one way to do it. I cast on with a tail and bind off by pulling the yarn through the loop. I think I need this book! lol Please include me in the giveaway.

  59. Ruth on September 18, 2012 7:59 am

    As a new knitter, I only know one way to cast on and bind off. Unfortunately, I don’t know what they’re called. It would be fun (and helpful) to learn new techniques. Thank you!

  60. Four dogs and one quilter on September 18, 2012 8:16 am

    I only know the long tail cast on and bind off by knit 1 and slip over. I really need help. Thanks for the chance to win.

  61. Pat on September 18, 2012 8:22 am

    Gram only used the slip-knot .and that was what she taught me.Who Knew !!

  62. Maxine Miller on September 18, 2012 8:25 am

    I don’t know anything about casting on or binding off. Just learning to knit here and i can use lots of help.

  63. Jane S. on September 18, 2012 9:37 am

    I only know 2 ways to cast on, and 1 way to cast off. This book would certainly be useful! Thank you for the chance to win it. :)

  64. Cindy S on September 18, 2012 9:48 am

    I always use the long tail cast on, but I would love to learn why some cast on methods are better for different projects.

  65. Shelly on September 18, 2012 10:09 am

    I almost exclusively use long-tail, but find it frustrating when I haven’t left a long enough tail! I’d love to learn more methods.

  66. lori on September 18, 2012 10:42 am

    hummmm, i like the cable or the knitted co and for the bo i am not sure what it do. I think it is the knit one knit one sild the first stitch over the second stitch. and for my socks i do the yarn over bo.
    thanks for the chance to win!!!

  67. Karey on September 18, 2012 10:56 am

    I usually use the long tail cast on. But it really depends on the project.

  68. Adrienne F on September 18, 2012 11:33 am

    I’ve heard this book reviewed a couple of times – it’s getting raves! I know a couple of ways to cast on and one or two to cast off. Nice to add this to the library to give options. Thanks.

  69. Peggy R on September 18, 2012 11:47 am

    The way I’ve always casted on for 40 years, is- I start with a slip knot and a longer tail to hide later, then I put the yarn around my thumb and index finger, and just cast on as usual. I find that I use up less yarn than the long-tail cast on method, and I love the edge that it puts on whatever I knit. I was taught this way, and it’s the only way I know. I would love to win this book, so I could investigate the other ways of casting on, as well as learn the other ways of binding off. I have done picots on cast offs, and thought they were very pretty.

  70. Lori Lowe on September 18, 2012 11:52 am

    The knit is the one I use most.

  71. Teresa from Florence, Alabama on September 18, 2012 12:51 pm

    I use the cabled cast on for almost everything I knit. I have used the i-cord bindoff on the last 2 shawls I knitted and really like the look of that bind off.

  72. Jeanne on September 18, 2012 12:59 pm

    I usually just use long tail cast on, unless I do a provisional. Binding off, I usually just use the classic bind off in pattern, but would love to learn more stretchy cast on and bind off methods.

  73. Jeanne on September 18, 2012 1:00 pm

    I use the long-tail cast on most times but I have been doing the Latvian plait and am completely addicted. I generally use the standard bind off. I’d love to learn some more cast-ons and bind-offs.

  74. Carolyn Kotlas on September 18, 2012 1:25 pm

    I like the long tail cast on. I just learned the i-cord bind-off & plan to use it more often. Love the way it finishes off the neckline on shawls.

  75. Nancy on September 18, 2012 1:52 pm

    I learned to knit long ago and things were taught one way back then. Casting on I think its called long tail cast on and binding off I either knit two together or knit two and slip the second knit stitch off the needle. That’s about as fancy as I get!

  76. Ann Devine on September 18, 2012 2:15 pm

    The cast on I use most often would be the long tail, though I do set it up to work both knit & purl stitches if I’m starting a project with ribbing. I only recently started practicing the lace bind off, couldn’t for the life of me tell you how to do that without looking at the instructions! So I’d find this a very useful book, and the day after the drawing is my birthday (hint, hint!).

  77. Linda on September 18, 2012 2:25 pm

    Knitting is on my “learn-to-do” list. This would help tremendously! The only way I know to start is to wrap the yarn around both needles, take one needle out and start knitting. I never learned much more, so I just run a strand of yarn through all the loop to end it. This would so help me.

  78. Linda on September 18, 2012 2:59 pm

    Usually use long-tail cast-on but like cable co when casting on lots of stitches to knit in the round.

  79. Penny on September 18, 2012 3:45 pm

    I use long tail cast on. Would love to learn new ones

  80. Karen in KS on September 18, 2012 4:56 pm

    I usually use the long tail cast on and sometimes mix it up with a knitted cast on. Have tried others but I have to look up how to do them so this book would be great for me! Thanks for the chance

  81. Linda Jones on September 18, 2012 6:21 pm

    I like the long tail and super stretchy. Would love to learn a variety of cast-on’s to make projects look special.
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter to win this amazing book!

  82. Joyce. on September 18, 2012 6:27 pm

    I use the knitted cast on, but I enjoy the long tail cast on. I also do another one with my finger, I forget what that one is called.

  83. Mary Mac on September 18, 2012 6:29 pm

    I also only know one way and I think it is called long tail.

  84. Debbie on September 18, 2012 7:42 pm

    I like longtail!

  85. Peggy on September 18, 2012 8:55 pm

    I’m like several others here….I suppose I’m “knitting challenged” as I only do one cast on and one cast off. I guess I need the book, too. It sure sounds interesting. Thanks for allowing me to enter the Giveaway!!

  86. shawn on September 18, 2012 8:57 pm

    Oh, my! This book looks awesome. I am a beginner knitter and only know how to make a slip knot to cast on.

  87. Catherine S. on September 18, 2012 10:16 pm

    I learned the tubular cast-on and -off at a class 10 years ago, loved it, and have never been able to duplicate it again.

  88. Jennifer R. on September 18, 2012 10:16 pm

    Long-tail seems to be my “go to” cast-on. I would love to have this book. I’ve been looking into purchasing it…but winning it would be AWESOME!!!

  89. sue niven on September 18, 2012 11:38 pm

    The long tail is the only one I use, cos I don’t know any others, I would love to win the book to learn more.

  90. Papgena on September 18, 2012 11:45 pm

    More of 200 ways??? I think I only know one!! And I don’t know what is the name in portuguese or english! I would really like to read the book!!!

  91. Galatina on September 19, 2012 12:18 am

    I can only remember the basic – always have to look up others. Although can’t believe there are over 200!!!

  92. grandma on September 19, 2012 2:22 am

    i only know of one way to cast on, and am interested in learning other ways so that i can teach my granddaughters to knit. they may find it simpler to use other ways than the one that i know of.

  93. Stacey on September 19, 2012 4:07 am

    Learned the long tail first. Mostly use the knitted cast on now because I don’t have to guess how much yarn in need before I start.

  94. Lynnelle on September 19, 2012 4:10 am

    I too learned the long tail last winter and before that had been using another no-name method that I learned in Girl Scouts in 1974.

  95. hara on September 19, 2012 8:15 am

    I only use knitted CO but I want to learn more!!!

    The book looks fantastic!

  96. JLW on September 19, 2012 8:32 am

    I think I use the longtail cast on… but I don’t even know if that’s what it called. Clearly I’m in good company though! This book looks great!

  97. Judith (from Israel) on September 19, 2012 8:36 am

    I hate casting on. Therefore, I reverse patterns so that I bind off instead.

  98. Kathrynn on September 19, 2012 9:15 am

    I usually use the long tail cast on unless I need the edge to be stretchy then I use the cable cast on.

  99. Ann on September 19, 2012 9:26 am

    Learning a new technique is always FUN no matter how basic!!

  100. Dani Vilella on September 19, 2012 12:23 pm

    I still like the long-tail cast on but I just a really stretchy bind-off method that is awesome! I ma anxious to leanr more methods.

  101. geri actor on September 19, 2012 12:23 pm

    I usully use the long tail cast-on, but sometimes modify it by not doubling the base yarn if I want a stretchier fabric.

  102. Kim Reid on September 19, 2012 2:16 pm

    I like the Long-Tail Cast-On for most everything – Thanks!

  103. Gil Crews on September 19, 2012 2:53 pm

    I didn’t know there was more than one way.

  104. Carmen on September 19, 2012 6:53 pm

    Right now I only know the long-tail cast on and the basic bind-off method.

  105. Dinonut on September 19, 2012 7:59 pm

    The only two I know are the slip knot and long tail. I didn’t even know there were other methods. Duh! Could really use this book.

  106. Linda Rumsey on September 20, 2012 1:37 am

    I usually use the cable cast-on and normal(?) cast-off, but as my knitting projects advance I find patterns call for different casting on and off methods. This book will be a great resource to have!

  107. Lynn on September 20, 2012 6:55 am

    Long tail cast on for me and the basic cast off. Would like to win this book!

  108. Nicole Burris on September 20, 2012 10:45 am

    I normally use the long tail cast on and basic bind off but I would LOVE to to know more.

  109. Shirley on September 20, 2012 3:28 pm

    I’m afraid I just use what I call the thumb cast on. I always have liked the look of it and I’ve been using it for a long time.

  110. Persia on September 20, 2012 4:46 pm

    I like the cable cast on. I don’t know any other cast off though than just the regular!

  111. P. A. Manders on September 20, 2012 7:16 pm

    I usually use cable or knitted cast on. It’s hard to believe there are so many other ways. Fingers and toes crossed that I get to see this book!

    from after dark VT,
    the Vermonster

  112. Summer Muller on September 20, 2012 7:29 pm

    Love to win a copy.

  113. MaryB on September 21, 2012 12:17 am

    I only know one way to cast on and I have no idea what it is called! I didn’t even know there were so many ways to cast on.

  114. DeeAnne on September 21, 2012 6:28 am

    I think I need this book! I only know the long tail cast on. Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. Jess on September 21, 2012 8:31 am

    I haven’t ever attempted any other ways to cast on so I just use the long tail and I just bind off in knit or purl depending on the pattern. I’d love to play around with other options. Thanks for the giveaway!

  116. CathyM on September 21, 2012 8:56 am

    Don’t know the name. Cast on for dummies? This book looks like great inspiration.

  117. Lorrie Kessler on September 21, 2012 1:25 pm

    For everyday, long-tail cast on. For socks, Judy’s magic cast on. For binding off, depends on why the pattern is, usually a basic cast off or a crocheted one.

  118. BrendaLea on September 21, 2012 1:27 pm

    The only cast on I know is the normal cast on. I’m sure this book can teach me a thing or two.

  119. Chelsey on September 21, 2012 3:41 pm

    Oh, great book! I use a cable cast on? Would like to learn some different methods for casting on!

  120. Irkalla on September 21, 2012 3:47 pm

    My favorite is the Twisted German Cast On, but which one I use really depends on what I’m making.

  121. Ingrid on September 21, 2012 7:04 pm

    What a cool book! I only know one cast on and one bind off method – mom taught me…. don’t know what they’re called… I phone her and she talks me through whenever it’s been too long since the last project and I forget how to hold the yarn, the needles and my fingers :)

  122. Turtle on September 21, 2012 10:53 pm

    long tail, just caise i learned with it. would love some new ideas!

  123. chris on September 21, 2012 11:17 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun! thanks!

  124. lee on September 21, 2012 11:19 pm

    200 different ways? I would love to know more than 2 :) thanks!

  125. Paula Cyphert on September 22, 2012 1:43 pm

    I like to co in pattern or long tail. I never knew there were so many ways to co or bo. This would be great for me. Thank you for the chance to win. Good luck everyone.

  126. Jennifer on September 22, 2012 9:53 pm

    I’m new to knitting so the only thing I know is long tail cast on and the basic cast off. It’d be amazing to learn new ways to create!

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