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Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The search for the perfect cast on and bind off is over! Now, in one extraordinary book, have at your fingertips more than 120 ways to cast on and more than 80 ways to bind off. This beautifully organized treasury is ideal for all skill levels.

•Find each technique presented with step-by-step written instructions, clear how-to illustrations, and a photo of the finished edge
Spiral-bound, 160 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Martingale and Company (first published August 20th 2012)
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Judi Easley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: knitters of any level
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Cast On, Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting
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Martingale, 2012
162 pages, Craft Reference
Kindle, Hardcover (Spiral), Paperback
Purchased at the current price


The cover is very attractive and tells you immediately that it’s a book about knitting with its two wooden knitting needles and the examples of knitting arranged in a grid. The examples are in different colors, so it’s colorful all set against a pristine white backdrop.

The author is home taught, as in her grandmother
Carolyn Page
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I knew there were differences in casting on and binding off methods -- but I never knew how many! a good resource for different types of projects, to ensure your wonderful knit work retains its shape or is enhanced at the edges.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The most useful knitting companion! I reference this for almost every project.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice reference - covers all the unusual cast on's I've used and she cross references the various names for them which makes it easy to locate them. ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Instructions with drawings to assist in understanding how to do the various cast ons and bind offs with pics of swatches with the completed edges.
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my most important knitting reference books.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I quite enjoy this book - not only is it fun to look through, it's a great reference when looking for the perfect cast on or bind off for a specific project. You can look for cast ons or bind offs based on purpose (durable, elastic, rolled edge, firm edge, etc) or flip through a section to see all the variations (of say, loop cast ons or decorative bind offs). The step-by-step illustrations and directions are clear and easy to follow and I love the fact that it has pictures of what each CO or BO ...more
Lil' Grogan
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: handmade
Some interesting cast-ons I hadn't seen before. Nice diagrams for most steps. However, some of the swatches are not particularly well-done, whether it's the fault of the knitter or lack of blocking, the work looks uneven and does not particularly convince me to try that particular cast-on. As expected, the number of "different" ways is greatly exaggerated.

I actually don't see the point of having a book that only shows you to cast on and bind off. There are reference books out there that include
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a significant amount of knitting books, including a couple casting books. They were smaller books, so when this arrived, I was surprised at its size. It's around the A4 size (a bit wider), and I initially thought it was a waste. Having read it, I changed my mind. There is room for notes and it's easy to use and keep the stages distinct so you don't feel "rushed". A nice thing when you're learning a new technique. I'd definitely recommend it for a beginner knitter. ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't so much read this as flip through it to get some ideas. I found at least one bind off that I really liked. The thing about knitting books for me though is I find it impossible to follow directions from pictures, I need a video or someone live-in-person to teach me. I think I'm too green of a knitter for this book to be really helpful yet, but maybe after some more practice I'll come back to it and it will make more sense. ...more
Moorhead Public Library
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I used to deliberately pick projects that started small and used increases to get bigger because I hated casting on long rows. I'm still not super fond of casting on, but this book has shown me some cast-ons that work MUCH better than the one I had learned years ago. I had no idea there were so many ways to try.

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Judy Desetti
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
Good source for finding some special ways of casting on. Need to try some ...

Here are the ones I think I will try
I cord cast on
Chained cast on
Color Cable Cast on
Yarn Over tubular cast on.

A Library Book so I can request it any time.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every bind off and cast on is pretty much in here. Historical provenance of many of them adds extra interest. Easy-to-follow directions.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-library
The Chinese Waitress cast on?! Now I've seen it all. There are quite a few cast-on, cast-off books out there. I really should buy one for my library. This would be a very good choice. ...more
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