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Backwards Loop Cast On

December 24, 2013

The backwards loop cast on is not recommended as a general cast on, but it works perfectly if you need to cast on stitches in the middle of a row, for example at the underarm of a top-down sweater, or at the ‘crotch’ of a mitten thumb.

Backwards Loop Cast On :::

Step 1: place the working yarn over your thumb
Step 2: the right hand needle goes under the yarn at the base of your thumb (as indicated below) and over the yarn at the top of your thumb.
Step 3: tighten your newly cast on stitch

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3 Stitches have been cast on
Stitches have been cast on!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Caryl permalink
    October 24, 2019 1:32 pm

    Excellent article simply explained.

  2. Debbie permalink
    October 23, 2019 7:14 am

    Ahh yes the mitten thumb crotch!! Thank you so much for this! It is mitten time,almost!!

  3. Charlene Roof permalink
    August 26, 2019 10:56 am

    Your patterns are soo easily for me to follow! And your help in tutorials are a life saver to continue on when one gets suck! Thanks soo much for your help in continuing educational in knitting! ❤️

  4. Jonna permalink
    July 28, 2019 2:38 pm

    When I need info or even just a reminder and I see Tin Can Knits, I go right for that site. I appreciate how simple your directions are.

  5. July 5, 2015 12:18 am

    Can you do a video of this? Please? LOVE your patterns, thank you for sharing such a wealth of information!

  6. May 23, 2014 7:18 pm

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