Add new stitches with the Backwards loop cast on
The backwards loop cast on works both for casting on for a new project and for adding new stitches in the middle of an project.
The most prominent features of this cast on is that it’s easy to do and very loose and floppy.
The looseness of the backwards loop cast on is perfect if you’re going to seam the edge together with another edge. If the edges aren’t going to be seamed I should choose another cast on.
This post goes over the pros and cons of a few different cast ons that all can be used for adding stitches to a row, if you want to know more before deciding.
Two reasons the backwards loop cast on is good for seaming
In my opinion, the loose edge created with the backwards loop cast on is too flimsy to be used as it is. But for projects that’s going to be seamed it’s great for two reasons.
- It doesn’t add any unnecessary bulk to your seam.
- The loops created by this cast on make it super easy to see where to seam!
In this post, you will learn how to use backwards loop cast on to start a new piece of knitting. How to use it for adding stitches at the edge of a project and in the middle of a row.
Knitting video: Backwards loop cast on
In this video I show how to use the backwards loop cast on to:
- Cast on stitches for a new project
- Add stitches in the middle of a row
- Add stitches at the end of a row
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How to make the backwards loop cast on
If you’re familiar with the long tail cast on you will notice that this cast on is very similar to that. Only difference is that we’re only using one strand (the working yarn) for this cast on.
How to add stitches at the edge
With backwards loop cast on it’s easy to add stitches at the end of a row. We will use the same steps as we did when casting on. Except for the first step as the working yarn is already attached to your project.
Add stitches at the end of a row:
Adding stitches in the middle of a project
If you need to add stitches in the middle of a row it’s easily done with the backwards loop cast on.
Knit up till the point where you need to add stitches and then follow the same steps as for add stitches at the end of a row.