I think it’s pretty fitting that the first tutorial I’m putting out this year is a cast on tutorial. Every cast on is a fresh start, and it’s a new year! This tutorial is for one of my favorite cast ons, the Old Norwegian Sock Cast On. Here’s the thing about this cast on. I’ve always called this the Old Norwegian Sock Cast On, but it’s got a couple other names too. There’s also the Old Norwegian Cast On (no “sock”), the elastic long tail cast on, and the German Twisted Cast On. Just a heads up in case you’ve heard it by another name. :)
This knitting cast on is similar to the widely-used long tail cast on, but includes an extra twist that provides added yarn to each stitch of the cast on, resulting in a stretchier cast on edge. This cast on is great for socks, mittens and sweater sleeves – really any edge you would want a little stretch for!
I’ve always found video to be the best medium for teaching a cast on, short of an in-person lesson. The video tutorial for the Old Norwegian Sock Cast On is embedded here, but you can check it out on the Hands Occupied YouTube channel too.