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Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  934 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Casting on and binding off are two basic skills every beginning knitter must master. While there are literally dozens of ways to get yarn on and off the needles, most knitters stick with the methods they learned as beginners, missing out on the opportunity to create edges that are more functional and long-lasting as well as decorative, adding distinctiveness to their finis ...more
Spiral-bound, 216 pages
Published May 30th 2012 by Storey Publishing
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A while ago, I was asked if I wanted to review a knitting book.
Well, those of you who know me, know that I am not big on knitting books.... I said yes regardless and told myself to be open minded and have a look.

Then cast on bind off came into my life.....
I have to say: WOW!
Here is FINALLY a knitting book worth it's money! I absolutely love it!
Ok, so after knitting for 30 plus years, I knew almost all of the techniques described in the book, BUT do I really use them? uh... that would be a big
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been knitting since I was 13 and now that I'm ready to move on to more professional and complex items (hopefully adult sweaters not baby!) I thought this would be a good book to check out for some new techniques. It was very informative and I hope to get my own copy for future reference. ...more
Marie Segares
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Storey Publishing.)

There are a lot of great things going for Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project by Leslie Ann Bestor. This book is all about edges - it includes 33 techniques for casting on and 21 methods for binding off.

The concept is that this book can serve as a one-stop resource for finding the perfect cast on and/or bind off for your project. The design of
Altivo Overo
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all knitters
Shelves: knitting
In keeping with most books released by Storey, this is a practical manual for all knitters. Starting and ending a knitted piece can be more complicated than the stitches that make up the bulk of it, and this manual offers advice and methods grouped by the type of item and the pattern in use, such as "stretchy," "double-sided," "tubular" and so forth.

I've been a practical knitter for more than half a century, yet had not seen even half of the tricks and methods provided here. There is a lot of us
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who knits
Shelves: arc, craft-books, knitting
The first thing every new knitter must learn is how to cast on. It is also the first thing they forget - all that knitting and purling in between starting and finishing gets you lots of practice - but you only cast on or bind of once each project. I can't even begin to remember how many times I googled "long tail cast on" before mastering it.

Fast forward a bit, as an intermediate (or even pretty experienced knitter) you have come across quite a few different methods. And there are so many metho
Lil' Grogan
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: handmade
Took it out of library because didn't anticipate buying a book like this., won't be buying it. Seen the techniques shown in other reference books that I have and free online. Nice swatches, nice pictures, but when am I going to need a book to show me only how to cast on or bind off? I did like the way it was presented (except that in order to complete the procedure, one would have to hold the knitting still in order to flip pages). ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
This book seems easy to follow, with lots of pictures. There was nothing groundbreaking in it, though. I've seen all the options in other places. I'll probably get a different book for my reference library. ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: knitting, e-books
Essential for any beginning knitter.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Various cast ons and bind offs organized into groups of similar styles with photo pics.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knit-crochet
I lived in a country with expensive internet and found this book invaluable to guide me through cast ons and offs when I could not watch an internet video. I still use it as a guide even though I now have internet access.
My only quibble is that some of the instructions are laid out so you have to turn over the page which can be difficult when you have your hands full of yarn and needles trying to master the technique.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017_nonfiction
Having directions to so many cast on & bind off options in one place is handy and a great idea. Unfortunately, I do better watching (in person or via video) when learning new techniques, so this probably isn't for me. ...more
Aurélie Knit & Read
This is a great book for any knitter wanting to kick up her/his routine and learn new techniques. Moreover, it seems to be a great tool to start designing garments of your own.

A clear must-have on my knitting shelves.
Anna M. Ruppe
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very. Detailed and simple to follow. Liked the graphics and chose this rating due to my previous answers

. I would definitely recommend to my craft friends. This book in my opinion is simple and to the point.
Tina Miller
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consulted regularly when working on my projects.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comebackto, crafting
a great reference for different cast on and off techniques - with very clear picture illustrations.

Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
i can't really see what's going on based on the images, and white yarn on metal needles for a bunch of the photos was a terrible idea. i'll have to stick with youtube videos i guess. ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful! Lots of great methods I'd never seen! ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written instructions with diagrams arecesd y to understand and follow. This my go to reference for starting and finishing knitting projects.
Veronica Smyth
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-purchase
Very clear informative pictures. A great way to learn different methods of casting on and binding off. Want to add this to my knitting library.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
An excellent book to add to your knitting library.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with very clear instructions.
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: knitting
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

The first thing I thought when I opened Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods was, "Wow, I wish I'd had this book years ago." Laura Ann Bestor and Storey Publishing have come up with a winner: a knitting technique guide that is focused, clearly written, lavishly illustrated with photographs showing each step, and best of all, small enough to carry around in a knitting bag.

Look, I've been knitting for six years now (not counting a fling wit
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great resource with step-by-step instructions and a clear picture for every step.
Jane Lebak
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a pathetic knitter -- I didn't even know there were different ways to bind off and that you use them for different kinds of projects. Well, now I do.

A funny story: I saw this in the New Acquisitions of my local library, thumbed through it, and put it back. It was the large hardback edition, and I figured it was too bulky and I could look up any of these on Youtube anyhow. By the time I got to the car, I already had Non-Buyer's Remorse, so at home, I logged into the library website and
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the positive side, this is a very valuable book. The standard cast-ons and bind-offs are fine much of the time... but sometimes one needs or wants something different. This book offers a number of variants of each, for different purposes.

The production values are excellent, and the photos and directions helpful.

However- sometimes the photos and the directions were a bit sketchy for me. I tried and failed to do an extra-stretchy cast-on several times until I finally figured it out. To be fair,
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a beginning-intermediate knitter. I've always used one method to cast on (Long Tail) and one way to bind off (Slip-Stitch Crochet). These were the methods I learned from my mother. I didn't even know there were other ways until I saw this book in the library.

So once I looked through the library copy I knew I had to have this for my personal library. I ordered the spiral-bound edition and love it.

There are more ways to cast on and more ways to bind off than I'll probably ever use but it's ni
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book helps you start and finish your projects with pazazz. I first used it for a sewn bind off that was stretchy enough to allow me to slide my head through a hooded cowl without binding, but firm enough to hold the garment's shape. It was a total success, and I've found several more perfect cast ons and bind offs since. I never knew how much difference the perfect cast on and bind off can make in the look and wearability of a garment. I usually doubt craft books that say they are for all s ...more
Julie Barrett
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cast On, Bind Off 54 Step-by-Step Methods by Leslie Ann Bestor
Very detailed illustrated guide that shows many different ways to
cast on stitches to knit for various beginnings.
Shows how to make them and why you'd want to select the right one for
your project.
Cast On Methods: Basic, stretchy, Decorative, Double Sided, Multicolor,
Provisional, Tubular.
Bind off methods: Basic, Decorative, Stretchy and Sewn
This book would be the perfect gift for one who knits as it has
everything in it you'd ever need.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Essential for every knitter's bookshelf.
Just wow. What is contained in this book is outstanding. What more could you possibly want. It has every cast on and bind off, you could ever want or need.
The written instructions are easy to follow yet extensive. The photos are clear and precise.
Perfect for the beginner, yet the experienced knitter will find a wealth of worthwhile information here as well.
A must have for any knitter's bookshelf.
I will be recommending to everyone, and get many as gifts to
I wish that this book had been better, because I really need some great cast on ideas (particularly stretchy ones) and this seemed like just the thing. The directions confused me and I couldn’t follow how to do the steps. The photos could have benefited from some arrow indicators or something, because it was incredibly hard to follow. If anyone knows of a better collection of cast ons and bind offs, please send it my way! I appear to be alone in this as this book has a lot of 4 and 5 star review ...more
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