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How to Knit Emily Ocker's Cast On

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This is probably one of my favorite cast on’s. Emily Ocker’s Cast On is a great way to start your knitting from the center. This can be useful when doing shawls and blankets, or hats and even toe-up socks! My favorite thing about this technique is how you pull your work together with the slip knot you create during the cast on. It’s like magic!

Skill: Intermediate


Step 1: Take your yarn and make a around your finger.

Step 2: Take a crochet hook and insert it under the loop on your finger and grab the yarn connected to the ball with the hook.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through the loop on your finger.

Step 4: Grab the yarn connected to the ball again with the hook.

Step 5: Pull the yarn through the loop on your crochet hook. This will create one stitch

Repeat steps 2-5 until you have cast on the number of stitches required by your pattern.

After you have knitted a few row grab the tail of your yarn and pull your work closed.

Here is an example of this method on a three double pointed needles before the loop is closed:

Example of Emily Ocker's Cast On

Example of Emily Ocker's Cast On



  1. Manda

    March 23, 2011

    First of all – I love your show! So far, I've known how to do everything you're showing, but it's nice to see each technique broken down step-by-step. Your site is a great place for beginners who learn better visually! That said, THANK YOU! For this video. I'm sure there are other video tutorials for doing this cast on, but honestly, it hadn't clicked until watching your video. :)Thanks a lot for the hard work. Keep it up! :D

  2. Johnny Vasquez

    March 23, 2011

    Thank you as well for watching! If there is anything technique you don't know send in a request and I'll see what I can do.

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