Getting Started with the Turkish Cast-On Method


Like many of you, I am traveling this holiday season. And, like many of you, I needed a smaller knitting project to take along; one that only required a couple of 50-gram balls of yarn, one set of circular needles, a couple of stitch markers, and a pattern. An email newsletter featuring the Buachaille Baffies (a type of Scottish slipper) inspired me to search my stash.  I found exactly what I needed: two skeins of Kenzie yarn (DK weight).

Project Yarn - Kenzi

I like to cast on before I get in the car or on the plane. I have never been stopped by TSA for taking knitting needles through security. However, I like to have stitches on my needles; it makes it clear that they are for crafting not mischief.

After downloading the pattern, I read the directions to make sure I had what I needed and understood all the stitches required. I'm excited about this pattern as it has a little bit of colorwork, a change or two in the pattern, and the Turkish cast-on (a cast-on method that is new to me). With all supplies in hand, I read the instructions for the Turkish cast-on—twice. Hmmm, I needed a visual on this one, so I searched YouTube for help. The following tutorial by Andrea Mowry is quite clear and easy to follow along.

It only took me a couple tries to get it right. It's fun to do and a great method for casting on socks or slippers that are knitted toe-up. You can see the beginnings of my cast-on in the photo below.

Turkish Cast On

Once I knitted a few more rows, the fabric began to fold over, and I could see a definite toe shape.




This is such a fun and easy way to get a sock or slipper toe started. And, a new cast-on technique to add to my bag of tricks. You just might want to give this one a try! I'm glad that I did.