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The two-strand tubular cast on looks great with ribbing and creates a seamless edge.

How To

Western Method

  1. Leaving a long tail, make a slipknot and place it on the needle. Holding the needle in the right hand and both strands in the left hand, insert the left thumb and index finger between the strands, spread them apart, and turn them up to wrap the tail around the thumb and working yarn around the index finger. You may need to
    place your right index finger on the slip knot to hold it in place.
  2. Bring the needle forward under the thumb stand, down under it, and up between the two strands.
  3. Bring the needle over the index-finger strand and back under it.
  4. Bring the needle under the thumb strand and up to create a knit stitch.
  5. Bring the needle over, behind, and under the index-finger strand, and then forward and up between the two strands.
  6. Bring the needle over the thumb strand, down, and back under both strands. Bring the needle up to create a purl stitch on the needle.
  7. Repeat steps 2 – 6 until you have the required number of stitches. Do not count the slipknot as a stitch. Turn, wrap the tail  counterclockwise around the last stitch, and hold it in the left fingers.

Setup Rows:
This section is worked flat, even if casting on an object for knitting in the round, due to the difficulty in reading the cast on stitches if the cast on gets twisted.
Row 1: (Ktbl, Slwyif) to end of row. Drop slip knot.
Rows 2-4: (K1, Slwyif) to end of row.

Tutorial Video

Matching Bind Off: Tubular Bind Off