This cast-on is the more elastic variation of the longtail cast-on. The old Norwegian cast-on is suitable for socks and other pieces that need a very stretchy edge. After years of using the longtail cast-on as my default cast-on, I discovered the Old Norwegian and it became my new best friend. I love the extra elasticity it adds – without losing any neatness.
The Old Norwegian cast-on is also called as the twisted German or elastic longtail cast-on.
This cast-on creates a very elastic and neat edge. It is good for any stitch pattern and project, cuffs of socks, mittens, gloves and hats.
How to knit the old Norwegian cast-on
- Make a slip knot, leaving a long tail. Place it on a needle and hold yarn in the slingshot position.
- Insert the needle tip under both strands of the tail yarn on your thumb.
- Come over the top and down into the thumb loop, coming out underneath the strand that is in front of your thumb.
- Bend your left thumb toward the index finger and reach over the top of the strand on your index finger. The loop on your thumb now has an X in it.
- Bring the needle tip through the bottom half of the X (nearest the needle), grab the index finger yarn to make your new stitch, drop the thumb loop and tighten the stitch.
- Repeat steps 2-5 for the desired number of stitches.
Beginning to knit
As with the long-tail cast-on, this technique creates the first row of knitting with the cast-on. This means that for stockinette fabric, your first row will be a purl row.