Old Norwegian Cast On

Recently another blogger asked me if I use what she called the “Old Norwegian Cast On.” I told her I learned to knit from my grandmother, an old(er) Norwegian, so is that what she (the blogger) meant? 🙂 (I learned to knit “in Norwegian” [nobody spoke English except me], without patterns, and didn’t learn English names for knitting techniques or read patterns until I was in my early 30s.)

She kindly wrote back that it wasn’t and told me that this cast on technique provides a stretchier edge than regular long tail cast on. So this evening I googled and watched a video demonstrating the Old Norwegian Cast On. Wow! No, I never learned that Norwegian cast on.

This demonstrates a great thing about meeting people who share your interests through the e-world: Just when you think you’re pretty darn good at something, you are reminded life is (or should be) about taking advantage of learning opportunities! You can learn something new daily from bloggers who seem always willing to share!

Now I can’t wait to try the Old Norwegian Cast On.

Thanks, curlsandq.wordpress.com!


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8 Responses to Old Norwegian Cast On

  1. P. Stilwell says:

    Wow–Your Mother must have been something to teach you to knit Norweign. Was there any other way? No.


  2. caityrosey says:

    iits onmy list of things to try soon. I have a friend who’s a proponent of magic loop.


  3. You will probably continue to learn new ways of knitting techniques. I certainly have just after a few months of blogging! While I’m firmly committed to knitting socks with 5 needles, I know there was a rage a few years ago for knitting socks with two long circulars. Never tried it; did you?


  4. Most Americans knit the English style (or a variant thereof). But there are several regional differences just in the UK method. Same with Continental style. It’s a big continent 🙂 and not surprisingly there are lots of variations. I had a Swiss friend who knit with the yarn in her left hand but she some wrapped it around her pinky finger, which she held up in the air. She learned from her grandmother (also Swiss).


  5. Curls & Q says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Every time I see a new cast-on I try it. This one fits the bill. When I’d cast on with the regular long-tail (as my mom taught me) I’d use a larger needle or hold two together. I never liked the “big-loopy-hangy-down” at the bottom. This method has solved that problem. Another Norwegian thing—- I have never seen another person purl the way I do (except my mom), not even Curls. An article in one of the Knitting magazines nailed my technique – calling it Norwegian! 😎 Can’t get away from my roots. The article showed knitting methods called American, English, Continental.


  6. caityrosey says:

    It’s hard to get used to a new type of cast on when you’re so comfortable with another kind. The next type I learned was cable cast on, which was a lot tighter than what I was used to, but at least made for a nice straight edge. Not very flexy, though. Took me several more years before I tried to learn long tail. It just never occurred to me that I could be doing things better.


  7. I’ve seen people who would call themselves accomplished knitters – the kind who have been knitting enthusiastically for years – you cast on with a sort of slip knit thing that I would never recommend. They were never too receptive when I offered to teach them other cast ons. 🙂


  8. caityrosey says:

    When I first learned to knit I could not wrap my brain around the long tail cast on that my mom tried to show me. Thankfully, we had just learned to make half hitch knots in girl scouts. So for the first 5 or so years of my knitting career that’s just what I did. Thankfully all I was making was scarves and dishcloths.


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