I combine this cast on with the regular long tail cast on when doing knit 2, purl 2 ribbing. DnT has an animated version of the regular long tail cast on.
I first heard about this cast on in a sock knitting class and found references to it in “The Principles of Knitting” by June Hemmons Hiatt and “Latvian Dreams” by Joyce Williams.
|Make a slip knot and place the loop on the needle. The strands are wound around the outside of the index finger and thumb.|
|Pick up the strand of yarn on the far side of the index finger,
pulling it up and over the other one on the same finger and towards the first strand around
|This action will make the yarn around the index finger cross, forming a loop around the index finger.|
|When the needle is past the first strand around the thumb, dip under it to hook it onthe needle. This strand will be looped on the needle from back to front.|
|Pull the needle back towards the index finger slipping it between the loop around the index finger. Carefully slip the strands off the index finger and the thumb.|
|Tighten the stitch by tugging on the loose ends.|
|Flip the needle and start on the knit side.|