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How To Knit German Twisted Cast On Video Tutorial

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Learn how to knit the stretchy German Twisted Cast On in this step by step tutorial with pictures and video.

If you know how to make the long tail cast on then learning this will be easier. The extra twist makes it a little more challenging, but still not too difficult.

The twisted German cast on is also known as the old Norwegian cast on, but they’re both made the same way. It’s a really stretchy cast on that works great for hat brims and sock cuffs.

Grey ribbed beanie with twisted German cast on for stretchy edge.

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Stitches cast on needle with German twist in grey yarn.

How to German Twisted CO

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to cast on with the stretchy German Twisted CO.


  • Any yarn will work, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn here.


  • Your needles should match your yarn weight. I'm using a 5 mm (US Size 8) to go with my medium weight yarn.


  1. Start with a slip knot on your knitting needle.Slip knot on needle. This counts as your first stitch.
  2. Next get set up with the working yarn going to the back, over your index finger, and the yarn tail coming to the front around your thumb.Working yarn over first finger and tail over thumb for cast on.
  3. Holding the slip knot with your first finger, bring the right hand needle tip down below both strands of yarn on your thumb.
  4. Bring the tip of the needle under both loops on your left thumb.Needle under two loops.
  5. Bring the right needle up over the back strand and down into the center of both loops.
  6. Now scoop up over the front loop, and twist your left hand counter clockwise.Needle brought to back over strand of yarn over first finger.
  7. Scoop the strand of yarn running over your first finger.Scoop last strand with needle.
  8. Pull this strand of yarn through the tiny triangle on your needle.Needle tip pulling yarn through triangle created by twist.
  9. As you pull this stitch on to your needle slip your thumb out of the loop you created.
  10. After you drop the thumb loop, use your thumb to tighten the stitch a little bit to the needle which also resets your thumb positioning for casting on the next stitch.
  11. Repeat steps 4-10 until you have cast on the desired number of stitches.Stitches cast on needle with German twist in grey yarn.

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