Technique of the Week: German Twisted Cast On

This week I thought I’d show one of my favorite cast ons. This one is also called Old Norwegian sock cast on, or just Old Norwegian cast on, and I’ve also seen it called elastic long tail.

Basically, this is just regular long tail with an extra twist in it. So instead of coming up through the loop on your left thumb, you go under it and then go down through it. The rest of it is the same as traditional long tail, pulling a loop from the other strand of yarn through the loop on the thumb.

The other thing you may notice from this video is I didn’t start with a slip knot, but just put a twisted loop on my right needle to anchor it. I find this both easier to do and results in a neater starting point.