Sunday, September 23

Useful casts offs for machine knitting

I realised I never did a companion post to the useful cast ons post and thought I would rectify it. If you are left-handed, swap left for right and vice versa. Better late than never!

Gate peg cast off 1

  1. Transfer rightmost stitch to its neighbour, passing it BEHIND the gatepeg.
  2. Manually knit back with free yarn
  3. Repeat 1 and 2 to end; break yarn and pull through last loop
Gate peg cast off 2


  1. Transfer rightmost stitch to its neighbour, passing it IN FRONT of the gatepeg.
  2. Manually knit back with free yarn
  3. Repeat 1 and 2 to end; break yarn and pull through last loop
"Smiles and frowns" cast off

  1. Transfer rightmost stitch to its neighbour, passing it BEHIND the gatepeg.
  2. Manually knit back with free yarn
  3. Transfer rightmost stitch to its neighbour, passing it IN FRONT of the gatepeg.
  4. Manually knit back with free yarn
  5. Repeat 1 - 4 to end; break yarn and pull through last loop
Loose gatepeg cast off (suitable for neckline cast off)

  1. Transfer rightmost stitch to its neighbour, passing it BEHIND the gatepeg.
  2. Wind the yarn once before the latch and once in the needle latch.
  3. Manually knit back with free yarn
  4. Repeat 1 - 3 to end; break yarn and pull through last loop
Latch tool cast off
  1. Knit last row from right to left at maximum stitch size (eg T10). 
  2. Pull all needles fully forward whilst holding the knitting against the machine
  3. Using latch tool, slip the rightmost stitch onto the tool and slide it below the latch
  4. Insert the head of the latch tool into the next stitch; slide the needle to A position and latch the stitch through.
  5. Repeat 3-4 to end; break yarn and pull through last loop. 
Sewn cast off
  1. Finish with carriage at right, measure 3 times the width of the knitting with the free yarn and break it off.
  2. Thread a yarn needle or double-eyed bodkin with yarn. Pull all needles fully forward, holding knitting against machine.
  3. Thread yarn through rightmost two stitches, slide rightmost needle to A position.
  4. Repeat 3 until all stitches are cast off; pull yarn through remaining stitch.

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