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How to Knit The Twisted German Cast On

The Twisted German Cast On is a variation of the Long Tail Cast On. By adding an extra twist while casting on, this method gives a little more stretch to your edging. It is also a deeper cast on making it more durable.

Used for: socks, mittens, ribbing

Also known as: Old Norwegian Cast On, German Twisted Cast On


Step 1: Take a length of yarn from your ball of yarn.

Step 2: Make a slip knot and insert the needle into the loop. Tighten slip knot onto needle.

Warning!- When casting on a lot of stitches the yarn has a tendency to untwist. Make sure the long tail is closest to you so you can easily retwist the yarn as you go.

Step 3: With your bottom three fingers grab both pieces of yarn and hold them in your palm.

Step 4: Take your index finger and thumb and push them through the two pieces of yarn.

Step 5: Shift your thumb and forefinger backwards to pull the yarn tight. The yarn should form a “V” or sling shot on your fingers.

Step 6: Take the tip of your needle and bring it under both strands of yarn on your thumb.

Step 7: Bring the needle through the loop on your thumb.

Step 8: Wrap the needle around the top strand of yarn on your index finger, going over and then under.

Step 9: Pull the yarn through the small opening of the crossed strands on your thumb, OR untwist the yarn on your thumb by moving your thumb in a counter-clockwise motion and then over the needle.

Step 10: Release the yarn from you thumb.

Step 11: Pull the yarn tight and position your thumb and index finger in the “V” configuration for the next stitch.

Continue repeating steps 3-11 until you have cast on your desired number of stitches.

Example of Twisted German Cast On

Example of Twisted German Cast On

Comparison of Twisted German and Long Tail cast ons

Comparison of Twisted German and Long Tail cast ons




    December 14, 2012

    I enjoy watching all of your postings, but one thing you need to do is maybe tone down the music or not have music at all. It distratcts from what I am trying to learn. Thank you.

    • Johnny Vasquez

      December 14, 2012

      We no longer use music during the main portion of the tutorial.

  2. Faye Love

    December 31, 2012


    Thanks for the great tutorial. I read some instructions on another site and thought I’d never get it. Got it in one after watching this. If I may add a note – make sure that when you measure out the long tail before casting on, remember to add enough to hang on to when making the last stitch, as it requires a good handful or so to do.


    July 12, 2013

    I love this cast on before top-down socks because it is so springy. Is there a matching/complementary bind off for my toe-up socks?

    • Johnny Vasquez

      July 14, 2013

      I don’t know of one.