Video Tutorial: Backwards Loop Cast On

A few of my patterns, including the popular Butin Collar use this Backwards Loop Cast On... I realized it was time for me to shoot a quick video to teach you how to easily work this technique!

The Backwards Loop Cast On gives a very flexible base, which makes it great for an edge that you want to be able to block out (like in lace)... but not so much for an edge that needs structure (like on the bottom of a sweater).  It is also worked with only one strand of yarn, so it is perfect for working with pre-strung beads on the cast on row as well! 

Are there any other techniques you'd love to have me show you how to do with a quick video?  I've started a list, and am happy to add to it!


  1. Very nice. I think it is really helpful when a designer includes instruction about something that people might not know about, but it featured heavily in their patterns.

  2. Fantastic! I like that you also showed what it looks like to knit into it, once the cast-on is done.

  3. Just went through your Backwards Loop tutorial. Thank you so much for clear, plain, simple and perfectly video'd tutorial. AND for knitting continental!! The only way to knit in my experience - ha. I am lefthanded and favor it that way.

    Awesome tutorial.

  4. Revisited this instruction tonight. I am making what is labeled a "simple" toy for a baby and ooooooooph, I needed to make 40 backward loops. This instruction was terrific and I am well on my way to completing "simple step #1." Ha Ha Thanks.

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