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Preparing to Cast On
The German twisted cast on, also sometimes referred to as the Old Norwegian cast on, starts much the same way as the long-tail cast on. First you have to measure out a long tail based on the number of stitches you need, make a slip knot and position the yarn in your left hand.
The tail end should be facing front, wrapped around your thumb, while the ball end is looped over your index finger. Hold the needle in your right hand.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Starting the Stitch
To begin forming the stitch in German twisted cast on, simply place the needle behind both strands of the yarn around your thumb.
This is different from the long-tail method, in which you would just put the needle behind the front thread.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Making the Twist
Now that the needle is behind both threads that are around your thumb, give the needle a little twist and go down through the middle of the threads on your thumb, coming out underneath the strand around the front of your thumb.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Grabbing the Other Thread
Now the thread on your index finger gets involved in the German twisted cast on process. Simply bring the needle back behind the yarn on your index finger and then bring the needle up under the yarn by moving the needle in a clockwise fashion.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Forming the Stitch
Now that you've got what looks like a big mess on your hands, look closely at the thread that's wrapped around your thumb. There should be an X that is formed where the yarn crossed itself.
That X is where your needle needs to go next. Keeping the loop from the ball-end yarn on the needle, slip the needle through the bottom part of the X.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Finishing the Stitch
Now that you've made it through the X, just drop the yarn off your thumb and pull the stitch tight on the needle. This cast on method makes relatively tight stitches, so you might want to consider using a larger needle to cast on than the one called for in your pattern and then switch back to the called for needle once your cast on is complete and you begin knitting.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Continuing to Cast On
Keep going in the exact same way until you have as many stitches as you need for your pattern. Remember that the slip knot counts as a stitch.
In addition to these instructions, it can be helpful to find videos of the cast on in action and watch them a few times to see the live motion of the fingers and yarn. Also, local yarn stores are always a helpful resource when learning in person is necessary.