This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the two color italian cast on. This method of beginning your project is ideal for ribbing. By casting on in two colors you can knit ribbed patterns that alternate colors between rows. This is most often used in two color brioche knitting. This cast on is also invisible.
Step 1: Take the two tails of your yarn and tie them together in a slip knot.
Step 2: Take your knitting needle and slide the slip knot onto it and tighten it down, making sure to keep it loose enough that you can easily slide it on the needle.
Step 3: Insert your index finger and thumb between the two strands of yarn and spread them apart.
Step 4: Swing your knitting needle over the top strand of yarn and come around both strand going behind.
Step 5: Bring your knitting needle between the two strands and under the top strand. You should now be back to you starting position.
Step 6: Bring your knitting needle between the two strands going under the bottom strand.
Step 7: Bring your knitting needle over the top strand, around, and under the bottom strand.
Repeat steps 4 – 7 until you have cast on the number of stitches required by your pattern. When you come to the last stitch of your cast on, finish by using the single cast on method.
[Note: After you have worked your first row, drop the the slipknot and untie it.]
Example of the Two Color Italian Cast On (click for larger)
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