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The Knifty Knitter Drawstring Cast On

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Drawstring Cast On


Cast On Drawstring for the Knifty Knitter Looms

A cast on drawstring is used in loom knitting to cinch shut one end of the finished project, such as the top of a knitted hat, or the toe of a pair of knitted socks. The drawstring prevents puckering and is particularly useful for small projects.

Making a cast on drawstring creates a finished, quality edge. No more puckered edges in your work once you've learned to wrap the loom with this cast-on drawstring. Like most knitting projects, you will probably need to use some trial and error to successfully create your first drawstring. Once, you understand how it's done, you'll find it's a piece of cake to do and well worth the time investment to learn.

You will need:

Here are some yarns you can use to get started. You will need a round loom to cast on a drawstring. Here we are using the blue loom.

  • A round Knifty Knitter loom
  • A Knifty Knitter hook
  • Yarn

Instructions - Making the Cast On Drawstring

  1. Create a slipknot with the yarn. Secure the slip knot around the anchor peg of the Knifty Knitter loom.
  2. Wrap the yarn once around the outside of the loom as seen in the photo. Do not wrap each peg, simply wrap the yarn around the loom.
  3. Working clockwise around the loom and beginning with the peg just above the anchor peg, lay the yarn above the first yarn, as if wrapping it a second time.
  4. Knit off the first yarn by using the Knifty Knitter hook to lift the bottom yarn over the top yarn and off the peg.
  5. Moving to the next peg, pull the upper yarn toward you to get it out of the way as you knit off the bottom loop. In this step you are not pulling the loop over a second yarn, you are moving the upper yarn out of the way as you pull the bottom yarn up and off the peg. Refer to the photo to see how this should appear on the loom.Making an i cord on the knifty knitter loom
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as you work your way around the loom. Step 4 be followed for the odd number pegs and Step 5 should be followed for the even number pegs.
  7. When you have reach the end of the first round, knit as usual. After you have knitted approximately 10 rounds of your knit project, you can release the slip knot from the anchor peg and cinch the end closed. To do this pull the drawstring, or end of the yarn just released from the anchor peg. Pull it until the knit closes. Push the yarn through the center opening and tighten it completely. Now that the yarn is on the under side of the project, rather than the side that will show, use a yarn needle to weave the drawstring yarn through a few stitches nearby, then secure it by tying it in a knot.

How to Use Your Cast On Drawstring

A Nifty Trick for the Knifty Knitter Looms

The next time you knit a hat, a pair of slippers, or any project that requires a cinched edge, remember to make a cast on drawstring as you begin your project on the Knifty Knitter loom. The drawstring makes cinching closed the end of the project much simpler and it has a very professional appearance.

Knifty Knitter Cast On Drawstring Videos - from YouTube

Here are a couple of good videos that show you how to do a cast on drawstring if you are still having trouble. Click on the small thumbnail at the bottom to load the second video.

How to Drawstring Cast On a Loom

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If You Have Questions or Comments about Making a Drawstring - Leave them here!

Bethany Rose on January 05, 2019:

I am blind and have read several sets of instructions, and I have even looked at videos. However, your instructions finally made it clear to me. Thanks a ton! Now I need to learn how to use the long loom! :) God bless you during the year to come.

Colin on August 06, 2018:

I think you should mention that using this method that you do not have to decrease as that has been done by alternating pegs thus eliminating 50% of the pegs when doing the first row.

AussieSue on August 20, 2017:

I am just beginning on loom knitting after doing needle knitting for many years. It has been fun to learn a new craft and this will neaten up my hats and socks. Thanks for the instructions.

Lynda on February 28, 2017:

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Just got my first set of round looms !~! So much tp learn, so little time in a day. Thanks for all the help and tips; I hope to be making Sox soon. Did my first hat-in Bernat Blanket yarn-and it turned out all right although doesn't fit anyone. Better loom choices ahead...

hsschulte (author) on May 05, 2014:

@anonymous: You just knit ....and the knit drops down through the center of the loom. You can pull the drawstring at any time during the project, but I recommend waiting until the knit is several inches long.

hsschulte (author) on May 05, 2014:

@anonymous: Glad I could help!

hsschulte (author) on May 05, 2014:

@anonymous: Be careful how you sew through each loop, if you are talking about a sew through cast off. The loops cannot be twisted.

hsschulte (author) on May 05, 2014:

@Frog31: Tie it off to the work and weave it in.

hsschulte (author) on May 05, 2014:

@alleybee: Hi Alleybee,

Exactly the same way you do on a round loom. Wrap the yarn around the outside of the loom just as you would if it were round. =) Have a great day.

alleybee on January 11, 2014:

how would you do this on a long loom

Frog31 on February 02, 2013:

What do you do w/ the excess string from the slip knot ?

anonymous on October 06, 2012:

Question, this is my first knitted hat and when it was time for cinching it would not cinch all the way. I did something wrong but for this hat is there a way to close it off so its not a waste?

anonymous on May 19, 2012:

I love videos! They make it so easy to understand. Just getting started with loom knitting, so this lens really helped!

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

I figured out how to cast on the drawsting but don't know how to get off??? Chip Mars

hsschulte (author) on April 03, 2012:

@hsschulte: PS. Standard cast off: Start with the loop farthest from the working yarn. Remove the last loop and the loop before it from the loom. With a crochet hook pull the second loop through the last loop. Remove the third loop from the loom. Use the crochet hook to pull it through the second loop. Continue in this manner until you reach the working yarn. Tie off.

hsschulte (author) on April 03, 2012:

@anonymous: I haven't used the drawstring cast on for a hat, but off the top of my head, I would just cast off in the usual method. I'd turn the bottom edge of the hat (cast off edge) under and sew it to form a brim. I usually do that anyway regardless of which end of the hat I start on.

anonymous on April 03, 2012:

How do I cast off when doing a drawstring hat? Chip Mars

andradar on December 22, 2011:

Interesting lens! I have not previously tried the following types of knitting, but certainly'll try! Looks interesting!

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