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  1. Donna Sires
    Apr 09 - 3:30 pm

    Love this! Your instructions are very clear (but then again, ALL your instructions are awesome!)

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 09 - 4:05 pm

      Thanks Donna! You rock!

    • Dollie Dixon
      Apr 21 - 12:32 pm

      Something new!
      I’ve been playing with the cast-on for a few, to get it down, and am going to like it!
      I so appreciate your videos!!!

  2. Jane
    Apr 09 - 4:14 pm

    Thank you so much! You have shown me how to use a technique I already knew from crochet to make a knitted hat from the top down. I had tried to do that with DPN’s with an epic fail and had given up on it, but I use that magic loop to start all my crocheted amigurumi and now see how to use it in knitting! So glad you’re back and feeling better, I missed you!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:18 am

      Jane, that’s wonderful! I’m glad you reminded me about amigurimi. This is a great cast-on for tiny project like that. And thanks for the well-wishes – it’s great to be back!

  3. Annette R. Hogan
    Apr 09 - 4:18 pm

    This message is simply to note that I have a new and different email address that I wish to have future messages from Liat (KNITFreedom) sent to. I don’t want to miss even one as I absolutely love and appreciate the new skills I learn from these newsletters and videos.

    My new & preferred email is now:

    Thanks for everything, Liat.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 09 - 4:55 pm

      Hi Annette! I’ll make sure your email gets changed in our system. Thanks!

  4. Julie
    Apr 09 - 4:26 pm

    I use this same method to begin crochet caps; so instead if chaining x stitches and joining at top if chain, then Db crocheting into chained circle, I skip chaining and overlap ends, and hold crossed over part until I DC x8 into loop, then pull on ends and top of hat circle closes down.

    • witchgran
      Apr 09 - 4:30 pm

      wonderful. is this good for sweaters?

  5. Anne Marie Stevenson
    Apr 09 - 4:32 pm

    I wonder if there is a way of using crochet to knit either a top down or from the bottom jumper knitted in the round. I have never done this and am worried I will get the stitches twisted. Have you any suggestions please.

  6. Shannon
    Apr 09 - 4:33 pm

    PERFECT timing! I’ve attempted this cast on for a project only once before, with not quite optimal results, and I’m getting ready to start a circular shawl soon but was mildly dreading the cast on. Thank you, Liat! I’m so glad you’re back. :)

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 09 - 4:56 pm

      Thanks Shannon! I’m happy this post was so timely for you. Your shawl is going to look great!

  7. Pat
    Apr 09 - 4:40 pm

    Love it!

  8. Pat
    Apr 09 - 4:42 pm

    Wonderful, love this site!

  9. Kerry Greentree
    Apr 09 - 5:21 pm

    Thank you! It just goes to show that just when you think you know it “all” you don’t! This would also make an easy way of beginning a magic ring crochet circle too.

    It’s nice to have you back. I wish you all the best!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:20 am

      Thanks Kerry! It was a new cast-on for me, too – you never stop learning!
      Hugs :)

  10. Ellette DiPietro
    Apr 09 - 5:24 pm

    Awesome to have you back! I want to try the foliage hat with this cast-on. The throw is gorgeous, but not sure I’m ready to tackle that one!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:20 am

      Good idea! Maybe the Lace ebook I’m working on will help you get ready to make the Hemlock blanket. I plan on giving some tips especially for that project because it is so popular.

  11. Louise
    Apr 09 - 5:28 pm

    After seeing this new intro…….. and hearing your voice… MOMMA MIA… how did we ever survive without you??????
    Can’t wait to actually use this cast-on. Interesting, and not difficult at all.
    How clever :)
    Thanks Liat for bringing us into another step forward into fun ;) :)

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:21 am

      Louise, you are too sweet. I so appreciate your encouraging comments here and on Facebook too. I’m so lucky to have a fan like you!

  12. Steve Espinosa
    Apr 09 - 5:41 pm

    Liat, Once again you taught me something I have never done before. I can’t wait to start a project with this cast on. Of course I am eyeballing the Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood. Glad to have you back. BTW…isn’t it almost time for a visit?

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:23 am

      Steve, I think the Hemlock Ring Blanket is right up your alley. And you could find the perfect yarn for it at Blazing Needles – I think Cynthia carries Eco Wool.

      And YES, it IS time for a visit – I actually think I may be driving right through Salt Lake City very soon! Sometime in April. I would love to see you both!

  13. Jennie
    Apr 09 - 5:52 pm


    Now I know you’re back! WHOOHOO!! This is a great video. I’ve tried doing this watching a different video using regular needles but the crochet hook just made it soooo much easier! You are the BEST!! Thank you! Can’t wait to send it out to my other knitting friends.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:24 am

      Thanks Jennie! Researching for this video cleared a lot of things up for me, too. I had no idea how easy it was. And thanks for sharing this with your friends – that is SO helpful (to me and them!). :D

  14. Marlene
    Apr 09 - 5:58 pm

    Finally, I now understand how this works! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  15. Cheryl
    Apr 09 - 6:19 pm

    Thank you for teaching me something new! And I agree with the others, your instructions are very clear. Now I can’t wait to make the doily/coaster.

  16. Wendy
    Apr 09 - 6:22 pm

    I have been using this method for years. Love it so much better than chain so many and then somany dc in to last chain.

  17. Lydia
    Apr 09 - 7:03 pm

    Liat, you are a mind reader. Just yesterday, I was looking at a tutorial for this cast on but sadly it was only a picture tutorial. Going to make several of The Shetland Shopper–free pattern on Ravelry. Really glad to have you back, you were missed.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:25 am

      No way – what perfect timing! So glad this helped you.

      I missed being here, too. It was awful. Thank you for being so patient and encouraging!

  18. Ruth Silva
    Apr 09 - 7:24 pm

    Oh how wonderful…now I have to find a shawl pattern to make with this method. I’m so glad you are feeling better we missed you terribly. Looking forward to all that you have in store for us:) take care friend.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:26 am

      I know, right? I want to use this cast-on for everything now. :)

  19. Suzanne Burke
    Apr 09 - 7:46 pm

    Absolutely a clear and concise video on doing this great cast on! Thank you Liat! Welcome Home!
    Need to update my email addy to [email protected]. please and thank you!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:32 am

      Hi Suzanne,
      I’ve updated your email for you, and removed it from here so you don’t get spammed.

  20. Denise
    Apr 09 - 7:56 pm

    Thank you so much Liat. I just started knitting socks after Christmas and I would
    never have done it without your help. I have mastered top-down and am now starting
    toe-up. You are an awesome teacher.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:34 am

      Thank you Denise! I’m so happy you started knitting socks! You are going to LOVE toe-up. I’m glad I have you as my student! {{{hugs}}}

  21. Sandra
    Apr 09 - 8:03 pm

    Great cast on. This is one that gets my “must have” rating.

  22. Carol
    Apr 09 - 8:03 pm

    Another wonderfully clear video! Now I will have another project to try. We are all so glad that you are back!

  23. Donna
    Apr 09 - 8:25 pm


    You are excellent teacher on your tutorials, it’s easy for me cause I’m visual learner.
    So happy to see you are back, I hope you are doing much better!!! Are you going to have tutorials on how to circular knit & using the four double pointed needles? If you have tutorials already on those where can I find them?

    Thank you Sincerely Donna :)

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:35 am

      Hi Donna, thank you! I actually do have tutorials on How to Circular Knit using Magic Loop. I prefer Magic Loop to DPNs – I bet if you give it a try you will agree. The course is guaranteed, so why not give it a shot?

  24. Rose
    Apr 09 - 8:50 pm

    This is a wonderful cast-on! Your video was very clear and easy to follow. I looked at another video on this cast-on and his was not as good as yours by a long shot. KUTGW!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:37 am

      Thanks Rose! And thanks to you I learned a new acronym. For any readers who don’t know (or maybe it’s just me), I looked it up and Rose said, “Keep Up The Good Work!” Yay :)

      PS I’m glad to know about that other video. I know who you’re talking about ;)

  25. Pat
    Apr 09 - 10:06 pm

    WOW! I actually was able to follow this and have it come out looking good. Thank you!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:38 am

      Well, that is my definition of a successful video! Thank you for sharing :)

  26. Nancy Mc
    Apr 09 - 10:24 pm

    You are a rock star! I have a pattern that asks for a long tail cast on in the middle of a piece hope this works for it. Nancy

  27. nadine
    Apr 09 - 10:35 pm

    Thank you for your video! What a neat way to do circular knitting! Clear and concise directions. Thank you again

  28. Carol Fleming
    Apr 09 - 11:31 pm

    It’s 1:30 in the morning and I’m just checking email before bed and got your post about circular cast on. Too tired to look at it tonight but just wanted to say “Welcome Back!” Missed your postings!

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:38 am

      Thank you Carol! No need to watch the video now – it’ll be here when you need it. Hugs!

  29. Jean Johnson
    Apr 10 - 7:41 am

    Thanks Liat. I have used this cast on method for crocheting because it only leaves a small hole. Delighted to try for knitting. Not something I would have thought of. Love your videos. Thanks to you I can now knit toe up socks. I had tried – ripped out – and tried again too many times to mention. Very grateful for your precise teaching.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:39 am

      Yay! So glad you have learned to knit socks! Although I’m sorry about all the ripping out. But I’m glad you stuck with it!

  30. Emily
    Apr 10 - 8:25 am

    Love this cast on. I’m going to try it with the foliage hat. Instructions are great and easy to view

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 10 - 10:39 am

      Emily, that’s great! The Foliage hat originally comes with some weird cast-on directions, but I think you will be much happier substituting the Emily Ocker cast-on. Let us know how it goes :)

  31. Aunrey
    Apr 10 - 8:46 am

    Fabulous !! Thank you so much.

  32. Maureen D. Cole
    Apr 10 - 10:54 am

    So timely. Your instructions are very clear. Can now give the shawl a try. Haven’t dared because it really seemed to hard for me but I just love the leaves. Have tried them with a baby jacket and can not seem to master them, maybe now I can, thanks again. Maureen

  33. GrrannyH
    Apr 10 - 5:03 pm

    This is a GREAT way to knit a hat on circulars from the top down. In the past, I’ve used the cast-on as for toe up socks, but I think this will be much better.

  34. Rachelle
    Apr 10 - 8:51 pm

    I crochet and knit and I’ve tried the magic circle/ring before for crochet and I could never find clear instructions for it. Now I will be able to use it for all my projects and I will have your clear and concise video to guide me if I need help! Thank you so much for your video’s. You have taught me so much! I’m so glad you are feeling better and are back:)

  35. Char
    Apr 10 - 11:02 pm

    As usual, amazing instructions. I tried making some amigurimi with this cast on, but failed due to unclear instructions. I really want to make some knit animals for my grandbabies to play with since they’re so cute. Thanks so much for making this possible.

  36. Todoo
    Apr 11 - 4:02 am

    It’s so easy to understand.
    Thank you so much for this good trick…

  37. Pauline
    Apr 11 - 5:58 am

    Liat, thank you! Will be using this cast on for the hat you mentioned.Have the pattern
    and now can get started on it.

  38. Ämy Romanshyn
    Apr 11 - 9:05 am

    Liat, can you believe my local yarn store had never heard of you? OMG, I said!! Told them all about your awesome videos that they are the BEST quality and of Perfect Instruction. Thank you for sharing this one as well.

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 15 - 11:06 pm

      Amy, thank you for telling your LYS about me! I should send you some business cards to give them. I love having you as a student!!

  39. grace
    Apr 11 - 9:25 am

    I am a knitting beginner – (knit and purl are my limits)
    Came upon your site and absolutely love it
    It is easy to follow your instructions – there is hope for me
    Thank you

  40. Judy
    Apr 11 - 8:19 pm

    Thank you! You’ve taken something that has driven me nuts in the past and made is so very simple.

  41. Pauline
    Apr 11 - 9:38 pm

    Hi Liat, I am so pleased that you are back, I hope you get to feeling 100 percent soon.

  42. Hannah Heerey
    Apr 12 - 2:33 am

    This is such brilliant timing! I wanted to start a blanket which is knitted from the middle outwards, and it said to cast on with a circular cast-on. I was like “whaaaa?!” Three days later this popped into my inbox! You are awesome Liat, so glad you are back and well :)

  43. Ainsley Morris
    Apr 12 - 6:56 pm

    I LOVE the Superstar e-book! It’s been REALLY helpful to a new knitter like me! And now THIS! I’m not very good with a crochet hook, as my left hand has a mind of its own (LOL), but I managed to get this done! Sort of….I’m going to have to REALLY practice it as the string that I’m supposed to pull is wrapped up…I’ll figure it out. Question? Knitting this in Magic Loop the working yarn will always be from the bottom and not the top?

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 15 - 11:01 pm

      Yes, I think you should think of the working yarn coming off the bottom needle. It really is the back needle.

      • Ainsley Morris
        Apr 16 - 7:56 am

        Thank you SO much! I practiced and then started my project. Was a bit turned around at first, but I think I have the hang of it now! And…the working yarn coming off the bottom needle seems to be a bit easier for me to handle than when practicing Magic Loop with it coming from the top! LOL!

  44. Amy
    Apr 15 - 7:10 am

    Excellent video! It is so clear and concise!

  45. […] How To Knit Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast-On. […]

  46. Jen
    Apr 15 - 7:17 pm

    This is a great cast on! Your videos are very helpful. I’m completely addicted to knitting socks from the toe up. I’m thinking this would make a nice tight cast on for that! I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  47. sandra
    Apr 16 - 2:03 am

    Brillant – I have been looking for ways to knit a circular bottom for a duffle bag and this will suit it perfectly – Many thanks!

  48. Lisa
    Apr 17 - 10:48 pm

    Thanks so much for this cast-on video! I’ve been trying to learn a circular cast-on but this one is by far the easiest. It helps that your instructions are quite clear, and I love that you explain, not only how, but why.

  49. Melissa Kahn
    Apr 19 - 7:37 am

    Great to have you back and teaching! Great video, always really approachable and friendly and always really well taught. Thank you.

  50. Susan!
    Apr 21 - 6:06 am

    Dear Liat!

    I enjoy your newsletter!

    Thank-you! especially for the Foliage Hat idea! The Leaf Lace pattern is timely = I’m trying to (re)invent the wimple/snood/cowl to HOWL in idea – with COLOR and lace!

    I am definitely going to try Magic Loop.. I havethe right size 0 needles – been putting it off tooooo long!


  51. Suniti
    Apr 23 - 11:55 am

    Hi Liat,
    Thank you for the amazing videos. What a great cast on for circular projects! Would love to meet you sometime.

  52. Helen Marshall
    Apr 26 - 6:03 pm

    loved the easy circle cast on, tried once before but no luck. Am now teaching others how to do it. Glad I found your Knit Freedom site, so helpful, especially the ravelling loop .

    • Liat Gat
      Apr 29 - 4:24 pm

      Yay! Helen, I’m so glad. Look at you teaching others! That’s fabulous. I have another invisible circle cast-on in the upcoming ebook that I think you will like a lot, too.

  53. Julia Dawn Mason
    Jun 16 - 10:28 pm

    Now that I have mastered this cast on I can knit a shawl that starts with this cast on.

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